privity of contract


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privity of contract

the relationship between the parties privy to the contract, i.e. those who are direct parties to it. Until the passing of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999, English law did not permit parties not in a relationship of privity to sue on a contract. Thus, a third party benefited by a contract could not sue on it. The effect of the Act has been to substantially relax this rule, although many contracts seeks to exclude the effect of the Act. Scots law and other civilian systems recognize a JUS QUAESITUM TERTIO.

PRIVITY OF CONTRACT. The relation which subsists between two contracting parties. Hamm. on Part. 182.
     2. From the nature of the covenant entered into by him, a lessee has both privity of contract and of estate; and though by an assignment of his lease he may destroy his privity of estate, still the privity of contract remains, and he is liable on his covenant notwithstanding the assignment. Dougl. 458, 764; Vin. Ab. h.t. 6 How. U. S. R. 60. Vide Privies.

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The Rozny case and many others like it involve parties that were not in direct privity of contract.
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English law has certainly always been chary about allowing the transmission of the burden of a positive covenant to an assignee, preferring to adopt an analysis which upholds privity of contract between the original covenanting parties.
Generally, one who has sustained damages because of professional negligence may not proceed against the professional unless there is privity of contract.
But for a unit owner to claim that a vendor's negligent misrepresentations resulted in compensable harm to them, they must show either actual privity of contract with the vendor or a relationship so close as to approach that of privity.
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Even if it had been determined that Ingrid Ostram was contractually bound to refuse the testamentary gift, there does not appear to be any privity of contract between the appellant and Ingrid Ostram which would allow the appellant to enforce clause 20 of the separation agreement.
The creation of a regime that would come to be known as products liability is, on one level, located entirely here: most of the cases that scholars would eventually liken to an "assault upon the citadel" were cases that sounded in warranty and eroded the obstacle of privity of contract.