KPMG Llp v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd: CA 27 Apr 2007

The parties disputed the interpretation of a break clause in their lease. Carnwath LJ said that courts should not readily accept that parties have made mistakes in formal documents: ‘correction of mistakes by construction’ is not a separate branch of the law, a summary version of an action for rectification. Carnwath LJ said: ‘Both in the judgment, and in the arguments before us, there was a tendency to deal separately with correction of mistakes and construing the paragraph ‘as it stands’, as though they were distinct exercises. In my view, they are simply aspects of the single task of interpreting the agreement in its context, in order to get as close as possible to the meaning which the parties intended.’
Carnwath LJ
[2007] EWCA Civ 363, [2007] Bus LR 1336
England and Wales
ApprovedEast v Pantiles Plant Hire Ltd CA 1981
The court considered the circumstances under which rectification could properly be ordered in respect of a deed. Brightman LJ said: ‘It is clear on the authorities that a mistake in a written instrument can, in certain limited circumstances, be . .
Appeal fromKPMG Llp v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd ChD 31-Jan-2006
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Updated: 15 July 2021; Ref: scu.251528