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Contract Law

Contract Law (3rd edn)

TT Arvind
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date: 13 June 2024

p. 50717. Non-compensatory remedies

Specific performance, debt, and restitutionlocked

p. 50717. Non-compensatory remedies

Specific performance, debt, and restitutionlocked

  • TT ArvindTT ArvindProfessor of Law and Head of Department, York Law School, University of York

Abstract

This chapter considers a range of non-compensatory remedies that are available at English law in cases of breach. Non-compensatory remedies seek to respond to breach of contract in ways other than compensation. The starting point for non-monetary obligations is that breach is best remedied through the award of damages. Literal enforcement of such an obligation, through an order for specific performance or an injunction, is only awarded in exceptional circumstances. In contrast, obligations involving the payment of a definite sum of money are frequently literally enforced through the remedy of debt. This chapter first examines literal performance as a non-compensatory remedy before discussing debt, gain-based remedies, and restitution interest.

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