‘You’ve got mail: the High Court puts a stamp on good faith and relational contracts’

“In Bates v Post Office the court has implied a duty to act in good faith into a contract on the basis of it being relational. This dispute is between 550 claimants, most sub-postmasters, and the Post Office. It concerns Horizon, an electronic point of sale and accounting system. The claimants say defects in Horizon threw up accounting shortfalls for which the Post Office then held them accountable. The Post Office says the claimants were responsible for the shortfalls which represented actual money missing. This 336-page judgment deals with some preliminary issues …” (more)

[Jason Rix, Allen and Overy, 22 March]

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