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BREAK CLAUSES: Rigour not reasonableness

03 May 2017  

Christopher Morris sets out the current position on advanced payment apportionments and the law of implied contractual terms

Just over a year on from the Supreme Court’s decision in Marks & Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd [2015], the impact of what is widely considered to be a significant case, both in the academic domain and commercial practice, can be critically examined. In this intervening period a sizeable body of higher court judgments have amassed, which may indicate the practical effect of the decision. But can academics and practitioners alike now rest easily in the knowledge that this area of law is firmly settled?

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Aberdeen City Council v Stewart Milne Group Ltd (Scotland) [2011] UKSC 56

    Airport Industrial GP Ltd & anor v Heathrow Airport Ltd & anor [2015] EWHC 3753 (Ch)

    Ali v Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Trinidad and Tobago) [2017] UKPC 2

    Attorney General of Belize & ors v Belize Telecom Ltd & anor [2009] UKPC 10

    Capron v Capron (1874) LR 17 Eq 288

    Ellis v Rowbotham [1900] 1 QB 740

    Hallman Holding Ltd v Webster & anor (Anguilla) [2016] UKPC 3

    KG Bominflot Bunkergesellschaft fur Mineraloele mbH & Co v Petroplus Marketing AG (The Mercini Lady) [2010] EWCA Civ 1145

    Marks & Spencer plc v BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd & anor [2015] UKSC 72

    Mediterranean Salvage & Towage Ltd v Seamar Trading & Commerce Inc [2009] EWCA Civ 531

    Philips Electronique Grand Public SA v British Sky Broadcasting Ltd [1995] EMLR 472

    Shirlaw v Southern Foundries (1926) Ltd [1939] 2 KB 206

    The Moorcock [1889] 14 PD 64

    Trump International Golf Club Scotland Ltd & anor v The Scottish Ministers (Scotland) [2015] UKSC 74

    Vizcaya Partners Ltd v Picard & anor (Gibraltar) [2016] UKPC 5