UK Decision Highlights Contract Enforceability Considerations

Law360 (April 20, 2020, 6:07 PM EDT) -- Businesspeople and their lawyers tend to assume that working out who can enforce a contract is straightforward. Look no further than the persons named at the front of the document. Right? Not necessarily.

The U.K. Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act allows third parties to enforce contracts under which they benefit, although even in that case, the third party will be referred to in some way, somewhere in the document.

A more vexed and often overlooked scenario is where one of the named parties has entered the contract as an agent on behalf of another, and the latter is not mentioned...

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