Unlocking Wrotham Park damages: Lord Cairns' Act and loss of the ability to sue for future infringements
Unlocking Wrotham Park damages
This article argues that Wrotham Park damages, if it is to be preserved as a term of art, is best understood as compensating the claimant for losing the ability to sue for future infringements. The claimant’s loss, which is prospective in nature, arises because the court, in exercise of the jurisdiction conferred by Lord Cairns’ Act, decides to award damages in lieu of an injunction as a means of achieving finality in the settlement of the dispute. The damages award is both the source of and the remedy for the loss. The recent attempts at expanding the availability of the remedy while ignoring this explanation have not only deprived the remedy of an underlying rationale but also opened the door to its indiscriminate award.
Wrotham Park damages, remedies, compensation
Law of Transnational Business
Conveyancer and Property Lawyer
Sweet and Maxwell
SEE, Alvin W. L..
Unlocking Wrotham Park damages: Lord Cairns' Act and loss of the ability to sue for future infringements. (2017). Conveyancer and Property Lawyer. , (5), 339-350. Research Collection School Of Law.
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