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Part I Introduction, 2 The Genesis of Termination

From: Termination for Breach of Contract (2nd Edition)

John E Stannard, David Capper

From: Oxford Legal Research Library (http://olrl.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 15 January 2021

Subject(s):
Breach of contract — Frustration and contract — Termination/unwinding of contract

This chapter explains how English law got to the point it is at now where it treats breach of condition and fundamental breach as the grounds on which a contract may be terminated. It differentiates between conditions and warranties. Breach of condition is where a contractual term of sufficient importance to justify the non-breaching party terminating the contract is breached. Breach of warranty is where the non-breaching party is only permitted an action for damages. The chapter then assesses the concepts of frustration and frustrating breach, and traces the history of the development of the law on frustration. A contract is frustrated when some unforeseeable supervening event occurs that without the fault of either party essentially destroys the bargain they have made. Where a contract is frustrated, both parties are released from their obligations of future performance.

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