Remoteness in contract: Under revision in the House of Lords too?


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dc.coverage.spatial 199-209 en_ZA 2016-08-23T14:01:45Z 2016-08-23T14:01:45Z 2012-06-01
dc.identifier.citation Andrew Hutchison ‘Remoteness in contract: Under revision in the House of Lords too?’ (2012) 129 SALJ 199. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2388
dc.description.abstract This note discusses a 2008 House of Lords decision on the proper test for remoteness of contractual damages following a breach of contract. In The Achilleas, Lord Hoffmann set out a test for remoteness which varied slightly from the traditional Hadley v Baxendale test of foreseeability entrenched in Common Law countries world-wide. Lord Hoffmann’s test draws on the broader context of an agreement, including whether there was a tacit assumption of risk by one of the parties, as well as standard norms in the industry in question. Although the Court was not unanimous in The Achilleas, this represents a significant departure from settled law. In South Africa, our Supreme Court of Appeal has favoured a ‘contemplation’ (foreseeability) test over a ‘convention’ (assumption of risk) one. In an important decision in 2001, however, this Court gave an obiter indication that it may also in future revise our foreseeability test in favour of a more flexible one, in line with other branches of the law of obligations. Lord Hoffmann’s decision is thus of relevance in demonstrating comparative trends in development of the law of remoteness of damage. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Juta en_ZA
dc.source South African Law Journal en_ZA
dc.subject Law
dc.subject Contract
dc.subject Damages
dc.subject Remoteness
dc.title Remoteness in contract: Under revision in the House of Lords too? en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Law en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Commercial Law en_ZA
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