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Commercial bargains: the inscrutable, the implicit and the illegal

Event date: 19/10/16

Where is the Supreme Court now on the interpretation of commercial bargains, the implication of terms and deciding when a contract is illegal?

Through the prism of three recent Supreme Court judgments – Arnold v BrittonMarks & Spencer v BNP Paribas Securities Services and Mirza v Patel– Members of Chambers examined issues of everyday relevance to commercial practice.

Session 1: Construction (Arnold v Britton) and implication (Marks and Spencer v BNP Paribas Securities Services)

03:35 - Whose “commercial common sense”?: Mark Howard QC

17:45 - “Restating restatements” – in defence of ICS v West Brom: Fionn Pilbrow

32:05 - Arnold v Britton: where are we now?: Laura Newton

45:30 - Contractual interpretation, implied terms and their adjudication: Jasbir Dhillon QC

01:02:25 - Electronic signatures: valid or invalid?: Mark Hapgood QC

Session 2: Illegality: Mirza v Patel 

2:55 - The (still?) “notoriously untidy” illegality case-law: Charlotte Thomas

19:30 - Crime but no punishment: The strange new world of Patel v Mirza: Tom Adam QC

37:00 - What is turpitude?: Simon Salzedo QC

Session 3: Roundtable discussion


Construction and implication

Illegality: Mirza v Patel

Roundtable discussion



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