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Discussion Paper on remedies for breach of contract 11/07/2017 In the final phase of its review of contract law, the Scottish Law Commission has published a Discussion Paper on remedies for breach of contract.

Discussion Paper on remedies for breach of contract

In the final phase of its review of contract law, the Scottish Law Commission has published a Discussion Paper on remedies for breach of contract.

The Discussion Paper considers the tools that are available when a contract is not carried out as agreed, and compares them with those available in other European legal systems. The focus is on performing the contract as agreed, and as much as possible keeping the parties working together for solutions to disputes, rather than ending up in court or terminating their contract altogether.

It looks at ways in which this area of the law could be made clearer and more comprehensible, with a particular focus on reforming outdated language so that individuals and businesses better understand their options if a contract goes wrong. Some remedies are designed to be used without going to court, so it is particularly important that they are accessible and easy to understand for those who enter into contracts.

The Discussion Paper also suggests ways of removing practical doubts and difficulties that have arisen in Scots law, and invites views on whether new remedies should be introduced in some areas to address perceived gaps and difficulties in the present law, such as the problem of transferred loss, the so-called “black hole” in the Scots law of contract damages.

“Our objective here is the simplification and modernisation of the law so that it is readily understood and as easily applied as possible, whether by contracting parties themselves, their legal advisers, or the courts,” said Professor Hector MacQueen, the Commissioner leading the contract law review. “We look forward to receiving views on our suggestions from a wide range of stakeholders in order to develop final proposals for publication in 2018.”

The consultation closes on 6th October 2017, and the Commission hopes to report on the subject in early 2018.

The Discussion Paper can be found here.

 

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