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13. Privity of Contract  

The Concentrate Questions and Answers series offers the best preparation for tackling exam questions. Each book includes typical questions, answer plans and suggested answers, author commentary, and other features. This chapter explores the privity of contract. Traditionally the doctrine of privity of contract regards contract as based upon agreement and consequently only the parties to that agreement can enforce it. This chapter discusses common law limitations to the doctrine of privity; common law attempts to evade privity; and statutory developments. It covers the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999, including the freedom given to the contracting parties to exclude the provisions of the Act, or to set out procedures for post-contractual variation of arrangements that avoid the need to obtain the third party’s consent.