Good Faith in Commercial Contracts

The English courts remain hostile to a general doctrine of good faith in contract law. However, in recent years judges have become increasingly willing to enforce express terms of good faith in limited circumstances. They will also more readily imply terms requiring contractual performance in good faith into certain relational contracts and situations involving the exercise of contractual discretions.

In this 44-minute video, David Pliener and Sri Carmichael discuss the application and content of a duty of good faith in commercial contracts.

Cases referenced:

  • Interfoto Picture Library Ltd v Stiletto Visual Programmes Ltd [1989] Q.B. 433
  • Walford v Miles [1992] 2 A.C. 128
  • Petromec Inc v Petroleo Brasileiro SA Petrobras [2005] EWCA Civ 891
  • Shaker v Vistajet Group Holding SA [2012] EWHC 1329
  • Emirates Trading Agency LLC v Prime Mineral Exports Private Ltd [2014] EWHC 2104
  • HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Ltd v Toshin Development Singapore Pte Ltd [2012] SGCA 48
  • United Group Rail Services v Rail Corporation Of New South Wales [2009] NSWCA 177
  • Berkeley Community Villages Ltd v Pullen [2007] EWHC 1330
  • Bropho v Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission [2004] FCAFC 16
  • CPC Group Ltd v Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co [2010] EWHC 1535
  • Compass Group UK and Ireland Ltd (t/a Medirest) v Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust [2013] EWCA Civ 200
  • Gold Group Properties Ltd v BDW Trading Ltd (formerly Barratt Homes Ltd) [2010] EWHC 1632
  • Automasters Australia Pty Ltd v Bruness Pty Ltd [2002] WASC 286
  • TSG Building Services Plc v South Anglia Housing Ltd [2013] EWHC 1151
  • Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd v Bristol Rovers (1883) Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 160
  • Yam Seng Pte Ltd v International Trade Corp Ltd [2013] EWHC 111
  • Hamsard 3147 Ltd (t/a Mini Mode Childrenswear) v Boots UK Ltd [2013] EWHC 3251
  • Bristol Groundschool Ltd v Intelligent Data Capture Ltd [2014] EWHC 2145
  • D&G Cars Ltd v Essex Police Authority [2015] EWHC 226
  • Globe Motors Inc v TRW Lucas Varity Electric Steering Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 396
  • Greenclose Ltd v National Westminster Bank Plc [2014] EWHC 1156
  • Carewatch Care Services Ltd v Focus Caring Services Ltd [2014] EWHC 2313
  • Ilkerler Otomotive Sanayai ve Ticaret Anonim v Perkins Engines Co Ltd [2015] EWHC 2006
  • Rainy Sky SA v Kookmin Bank [2011] UKSC 50
  • Arnold v Britton [2015] UKSC 36
  • MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co SA v Cottonex Anstalt [2016] EWCA Civ 789
  • Socimer International Bank Ltd (In Liquidation) v Standard Bank London Ltd [2008] EWCA Civ 116
  • Braganza v BP Shipping Ltd [2015] UKSC 17

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Date:Published Thursday 15 December 2016
Duration:0.75 hours
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David Pliener


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