Identities of Parties to a Contract
(2021) Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly (Forthcoming)
Posted: 12 Jul 2021
Date Written: July 8, 2021
It is trite that only parties to a contract are entitled to bring a claim where there has been a breach of contract. Identifying parties to the contract is therefore important. One would think that this is a straightforward exercise. Perhaps not. Middlemen are often involved in brokering deals between two contracting parties. An agent may sign the contract, without qualification, on behalf of his (undisclosed) principal. In such a case, who are the proper parties to the contract? In Gregor Fisken Limited v Bernard Carl  EWCA Civ 792, the UK Court of Appeal discussed this question.
Keywords: contract law, signature
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