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Cover Koffman, Macdonald & Atkins' Law of Contract

8. Classification of terms  

This chapter distinguishes conditions, warranties, and innominate terms in relation to the different consequences of their breach; the availability, or not, of the right to terminate for breach. It identifies the test for determining which classification applies to a particular term, relating it to the benefits and drawbacks of the condition and the innominate term categorizations: certainty/inflexibility in relation to conditions and flexibility/certainty in relation to innominate terms. The development of the innominate term approach in Hong Kong Fir is explored. The significance of the objective intention of the parties at the time the contract was made is examined with reference to key cases, such as Bunge v Tradax and Ark Shipping v Silverburn Shipping.