The “Nukila”: CA 1987

Hobhouse LJ said: ‘Turning to the authorities it must at the outset be recognised that, whether or not they are strictly binding on us, they must, insofar as they represent the existing authoritative statements of the law only be departed from if they are clearly wrong. This principle has been stated on a number of occasions in the field of commercial law where it is recognised that the parties enter into contracts on the basis of the law as it has been stated in the applicable authorities. For a Court, in deciding a dispute under a commercial contract, later to depart from those authorities risks a failure to give effect to a contractual intention of those parties as evidenced by their contract entered into on a certain understanding of the law. ‘


Hobhouse LJ


[1987] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 146


England and Wales


CitedAtlantic Shipping and Trading Co v Louis Dreyfus and Co HL 1921
Lord Dunedin said: ‘My Lords in these commercial cases it is I think of the highest importance that authorities should not be disturbed and if your lordships find that a certain doctrine has been laid down in former cases and presumably acted upon . .

Cited by:

CitedTransfield Shipping Inc of Panama v Mercator Shipping Inc of Monrovia ComC 1-Dec-2006
The owners made substantial losses after the charterers breached the contract by failing to redliver the ship on time as agreed.
Held: On the facts found the Owners’ primary claim is not too remote. To the knowledge of the Charterers, it was . .
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Contract, Damages

Updated: 23 March 2022; Ref: scu.246866