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(p. 132) 7. Privity 

(p. 132) 7. Privity
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(p. 132) 7. Privity
Author(s):

Janet O’Sullivan

and Jonathan Hilliard

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198748816.003.0007
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date: 26 August 2019

Titles in the Core Text series take the reader straight to the heart of the subject, providing focused, concise and reliable guides for students at all levels. This chapter examines the doctrine of privity in the law of contract. The doctrine of privity dictates that a person who is not a party to the contract cannot be granted contractual rights by the contract or be placed under contractual obligations by it. It explains why only parties to a contract have rights under it and discusses common law cases which established that a third party cannot acquire rights under a contract. This chapter also covers the statutory exception to privity provided in the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

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