Comparative analysis of some aspects of assessment of damages for contractual breaches in England and Wales, Australia and New Zealand

Maree Chetwin (College of Business and Economics, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)

International Journal of Law in the Built Environment

ISSN: 1756-1450

Publication date: 12 July 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to examine the judicial approach to some aspects of contract damages in England and Wales, Australia and New Zealand.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is an analysis of judgments of the three jurisdictions and academic commentary.

Findings

Generally, there is uniformity in the assessment of damages in the jurisdictions discussed as is illustrated with liquidated damages and the adherence to the judgment of the House of Lords. However, the same adherence is not evident in the case of lower court judgments in the controversial area of “consequential loss”. Although not a remedy, it is an integral part of the assessment of damages process when included in exception clauses.

Originality/value

The research highlights the need for knowledge of the legal issues to ensure that the contract covers what is intended so that a party is not without a remedy when the contract fails.

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Citation

Chetwin, M. (2011), "Comparative analysis of some aspects of assessment of damages for contractual breaches in England and Wales, Australia and New Zealand", International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 113-125. https://doi.org/10.1108/17561451111148239

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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