Decro-Wall International SA v Practitioners in Marketing Limited: CA 1971

Once the court has concluded that a ‘reasonable notice’ requirement was to be implied into a contract, the question of what notice period was reasonable must be judged as at the time the notice was given.
Buckley LJ also set out the test for fundamental breach, saying: ‘the . . breach must be such as to deprive the injured party of a substantial part of the benefit to which he is entitled under the contract . . Will the consequences of the breach be such that it would be unfair to the injured party to hold him to the contract and leave him to his remedy in damages’.


Buckley LJ


[1971] 1 WLR 361, [1971] 2 All ER 216


England and Wales

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Contract, Commercial

Updated: 23 March 2022; Ref: scu.182995