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Contract Law pp 286-306 | Cite as

Illegality

  • Ewan McKendrick
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Part of the Macmillan Law Masters book series

Abstract

In this chapter we turn to consider substantive limitations upon the enforceability of contracts. As a general rule the courts will not enforce a contract which is illegal or which is otherwise contrary to public policy. Nor, as a general rule, will they permit the recovery of benefits conferred under such a contract. It may seem perfectly sensible and just for the courts to refuse their assistance to a party to a transaction which is illegal or contrary to public policy. But the picture is more complex than would at first sight appear.

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© Ewan McKendrick 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ewan McKendrick
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  1. 1.University College LondonUK

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