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Contract Law: Text, Cases and Materials (10th edn)

Ewan McKendrick
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date: 26 September 2023

p. 47515. Good Faithlocked

p. 47515. Good Faithlocked

  • Ewan McKendrick


This chapter discusses the role of good faith in contract law, first analysing the decision in Walford v. Miles [1992] 2 AC 128, where it was held that an obligation to negotiate in good faith is not valid. It then examines the reasons that led to the decision and also explores its limits. Next, the chapter considers the arguments that have been advanced in support of the refusal of English law to recognize the validity of a doctrine of good faith and then turns to the arguments that have been advanced by those who support the recognition of a doctrine of good faith. It concludes by examining the development of a doctrine of good faith in the performance of contracts.

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