Remedies

Supreme Court clarifies principles for determining when benefits enjoyed by a claimant following a breach of contract will be treated as collateral

The Supreme Court has ruled that the owners of a ship that was redelivered early in breach of a charterparty did not have to give credit for the benefit they obtained by selling the vessel for a higher price upon … Continue reading

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Supreme Court finds lender could not recover damages from negligent accountants where loss avoided by borrower’s repayment

The Supreme Court has held that the loss suffered by a lender due to its accountants' breach of duty was extinguished when the loan was repaid by the borrower. It unanimously allowed an appeal against the majority judgment of the … Continue reading

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The Marathon decision – is it right that employees can unlawfully remove confidential documents and not pay damages?

The High Court has recently considered the approach to assessing "licence fee damages" in a claim against two former employees of Marathon Asset Management, James Seddon and Luke Bridgeman, who breached their duties of confidence by unlawfully removing approximately 40,000 … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal allows claim for “loss of a chance” damages where claimant failed to establish causation on a balance of probabilities

In a claim for inducing a breach of contract, the Court of Appeal held that a football agent could claim damages for the lost chance of earning commission on a player's transfer, even though he could not establish that he … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal finds party confined to contractual remedy for breach of contract

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision that a buyer under a long term gas sale agreement was confined to the contractual remedy of "Default Gas" and could not also pursue a claim in damages for the sellers' failure … Continue reading

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High Court finds LLP member’s profit share can be forfeited for breach of fiduciary duty

On an appeal from an arbitration award, the High Court found that a profit share payable to a member of an LLP was capable of being subject to forfeiture where the member was found to have breached his fiduciary duties … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal finds innocent party could not affirm contract following repudiatory breach where defaulting party unable (not just unwilling) to perform

The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision that a party was not entitled to keep a contract alive for the purpose of claiming ongoing liquidated damages for delayed performance following its counterparty’s repudiatory breach: MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. … Continue reading

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Supreme Court decision highlights importance of contract terms in protecting principal from agent’s insolvency

The Supreme Court has held that a principal was entitled to recover payments collected by its agent on its behalf following the agent's insolvency: Bailey and another (Respondents) v Angove's PTY Limited (Appellant) [2016] UKSC 47. The Supreme Court dismissed … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal finds subsequent events should not be taken into account to reduce defrauded claimant’s damages

The Court of Appeal has held that a defrauded purchaser's damages should not be reduced on the basis that, as matters transpired, the purchaser was not as badly off as a result of the fraud as might have been expected … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal confirms claimants entitled to only £250 damages having successfully mitigated own loss

The Court of Appeal has upheld an award of only £250 in damages for the defendant solicitors' failure to identify a relevant planning restriction affecting a residential property purchased by the claimants, where that was the cost of the claimants' … Continue reading

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