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Contractual Exclusions and Indemnities of Liability for Negligence


Barbara McDonald


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

June 16, 2008

COMMERCIAL ISSUES IN CONTRACT LAW, Greg Tolhurst & Elisabeth Peden, eds., University of Sydney, pp. 7-25, 2008
Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/61

Abstract:     
This paper will explore the efficacy of contractual exclusions of obligations of care or liability for negligence. It will begin by setting out some fundamental principles of construction of exclusive clauses affecting the tort liability of the parties to the contract. It will then turn to so-called 'secondary rules' of construction relating to exclusions for negligence and their continuing role in the light of the judicial trend to favour more general principles of construction for commercial contracts. It will also consider the impact of case law on the construction of indemnity clauses which in some situations are akin or similar to exclusion clauses.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: Contract, tort, negligence, indemnities, exclusion clauses, limitation clauses

JEL Classification: K10, K12, K13, K20, K30

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Date posted: June 23, 2008  

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McDonald, Barbara, Contractual Exclusions and Indemnities of Liability for Negligence (June 16, 2008). COMMERCIAL ISSUES IN CONTRACT LAW, Greg Tolhurst & Elisabeth Peden, eds., University of Sydney, pp. 7-25, 2008; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/61. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1149908

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Barbara McDonald (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
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