English Hop Growers v Dering: CA 1928

The defendant farmer had agreed to sell his crop of hops to the Society for five years. He failed to do so and was sued. He replied that the contract was in restraint of trade.
Held: The restraint was reasonable. Scrutton LJ allowed that it might have been a contract in restraint of trade, but this was not just an ordinary agreement, it was rather a marketing scheme accepted by the great majority of English hop growers.
References: [1928] 2 KB 174
Judges: Scrutton LJ
Jurisdiction: England and Wales
This case is cited by:

  • Cited – Esso Petroleum Co Ltd v Harper’s Garage (Stourport) Ltd HL 1968
    Agreement in Restraint of Trade Unenforceable
    The defendant ran two garages under solus agreements with the plaintiffs who complained when the defendants began to purchase petrol from cheaper alternative sources. The House was asked whether the solus agreements were be regarded in law as an . .
    ([1968] AC 269, , [1967] UKHL 1, [1967] 1 All ER 699)

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Last Update: 27 November 2020; Ref: scu.259688