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(p. 647) 21. Third Parties 

(p. 647) 21. Third Parties
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(p. 647) 21. Third Parties
Author(s):

Jack Beatson

, Andrew Burrows

, and John Cartwright

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198734789.003.0021
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date: 09 April 2020

This Chapter deals with the scope of a valid contract when formed, and the question: to whom does the obligation extend? This question is considered under two separate headings: (1) the acquisition of rights by a third party, and (2) the imposition of liabilities upon a third party. At common law the general rule is that no one but the parties to a contract can be entitled under it, or bound by it. This principle is known as that of privity of contract.

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