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Anson's Law of Contract

Anson's Law of Contract (31st edn)

Jack Beatson FBA, Andrew Burrows FBA, QC (Hon), and John Cartwright
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date: 21 July 2024

p. 50315. Discharge for Breachlocked

p. 50315. Discharge for Breachlocked

  • Jack Beatson, Jack Beatsonis a former Lord Justice of Appeal and Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, University of Cambridge; and is a Visiting Professor, University of Oxford
  • Andrew BurrowsAndrew Burrowsis Professor of the Law of England and Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford and (as of June 2, 2020) he has been appointed a Justice of the UK Supreme Court.
  •  and John CartwrightJohn CartwrightEmeritus Professor of the Law of Contract, University of Oxford


If one of the parties to a contract breaches an obligation which the contract imposes, that party is in breach of contract. The breach may consist in the non-performance of the relevant obligation, or its performance in a manner or at a time that fails to comply with the requirements of the contract. This chapter sets out the rules governing the discharge of a contract by breach. It shows that the breach may give rise to discharge only if it is sufficiently serious in its effects (a breach which ‘goes to the root of the contract’, or a ‘repudiation’ of the contract) or if it is a breach of a sufficiently serious term of the contract (breach of ‘condition’).

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