“Judges are fond of speculating about the motives and practices of businessmen in drafting contracts. It is a luxurious occupation. The rules of admissibility protect them from the uncomfortable experience of being confronted by actual facts. So, I propose to open my remarks this evening with a case study. On 6 February 1663, Samuel Pepys recorded in his diary a meeting of the Tangier Committee. This committee was responsible for the administration of the port of Tangier in Morocco, one of England’s earliest and most short-lived colonies …” (more)
Lord Sumption, ‘A Question of Taste: The Supreme Court and the Interpretation of Contracts’, Harris Society Annual Lecture, Keble College, Oxford, 8 May 2017.