Unilateral Agreement in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • Statoil ASA v Louis Dreyfus Energy Services L P
    • Queen's Bench Division (Commercial Court)
    • 29 Septiembre 2008

    The general rule at common law is that if one party has made a mistake as to the terms of the contract and that mistake is known to the other party, then the contract is not binding. The reasoning is that although the parties appear, objectively, to have agreed terms, it is clear that they are not in agreement. Some of the cases talk of such a contract being “void”, but I think it is clearer to say that there was never a contract at all.

  • Sharp v Sharp
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 13 Junio 2017

    In his judgment Sir Peter Singer (para 48) held that, save where parties expressly chose to opt out (or attempt to do so) of the sharing concept to which couples subscribe when they marry by making a pre-nuptial agreement, the speeches of Baroness Hale and Lord Mance, in so far as they contemplated unilateral finances in a short marriage, dual career, case, were not consistent with the principles developed since the decision in White.

  • Pittalis v Sherefettin
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 27 Febrero 1986

    Looking at the matter apart from authority, I can see no reason why, if an agreement between two persons confers on one of them alone the right to refer the matter to arbitration, the reference should not constitute an arbitration. There is a fully bilateral agreement which constitutes a contract to refer. The fact that the option is exerciseable by one of the parties only seems to me to be irrelevant.

  • Joint Stock Company 'Aeroflot-Russian Airlines' v Berezovsky and Others
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 02 Julio 2013

    At the hearing I drew the parties' attention to a recent article of Professor Briggs 34 which further discusses these (amongst other) issues and which, for my part, I find as persuasive as it is characteristically robust. Thirdly, the agreement of a party is not bilateral or contractual, but unilateral.

  • Bremer Vulkan Schiffbau und Maschinenfabrik v South India Shipping Corporation Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 22 Enero 1981

    The arbitration clause itself creates no obligation upon either party to do or refrain from doing anything unless and until the event occurs, and even then the mutual obligations that arise are in relation to the particular claim that constitutes the event. The primary obligations of both parties that arise then are contractual, whether express, or implied by statute or included by necessary implication in the arbitration clause.

  • Argos Ltd and Another v Office of Fair Trading
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 19 Octubre 2006

    Particular attention was given in Counsel's submissions to the decisions in the Bayer case. It is therefore appropriate to refer to that case in more detail at this stage. The CFI held that this was wrong on the facts, because the actions of Bayer were unilateral, not agreed to or acquiesced in by the dealers.

  • Yeoman's Row Management Ltd and another v Cobbe
    • House of Lords
    • 30 Julio 2008

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Legislation
  • Taxation (International and Other Provisions) Act 2010
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2010
    ... ... Unilateral relief arrangements ... 8: Interpretation: “unilateral relief ... Commissioners arrive at a solution to the case or make a mutual agreement with an authority in the territory for the resolution of the case ... ...
  • Land Registration Act 2002
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2002
    ... ... under this section may be for—(a) an agreed notice, or(b) a unilateral notice ... (3) The registrar may only approve an application for an ... , and(b) at the time of the creation of the subsequent charge the agreement was entered in the register in accordance with rules ... (5) Rules ... ...
  • The Land Registration Rules 2003
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2003
    ... ... made under rule 11(3) ,F36an application for a network access agreement under paragraph 1(4) of Schedule 5 to the Act, or an application within ... An application for the entry in the register of a unilateral notice must be in Form UN1 ... (1) A notice under section 32 of the Act ... ...
  • Finance Act 2000
    • UK Non-devolved
    • 1 de Enero de 2000
    ... ... not a chargeable passenger in relation to a flight if under his agreement for carriage (whether or not it is evidenced by a ticket) the flight is to ... United Kingdom) ,(aa) section 18(1) (b) and (2) of that Act (unilateral relief from double taxation) , or(b) regulations under section 32 of the ... ...
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Books & Journal Articles
  • Disengagement Zones: A Step Towards Meaningful Defence?
    • No. 20-1, March 1983
    • Journal of Peace Research
    • 0000
    To raise the nuclear threshold in Europe, several suggestions have been made to remove battlefield nuclear weapons a certain distance east and west of the dividing line in Central Europe. Concurren...
    ... ... are envisaged: linking the withdrawal of nuclear weapons to an agreement on mutual(balanced) force reductions (M(B)FR); unilateral action to ... ...
  • Talks before the talks: Effects of pre-negotiation on reaching peace agreements in intrastate armed conflicts, 2005–15
    • No. 58-2, March 2021
    • Journal of Peace Research
    • 0000
    Pre-negotiation is widely accepted as a means to convince intrastate conflict parties to negotiate formally; however, research has not yet established a causal link between early efforts to bring w...
    ... ... the pre-negotiationphase contribute to the signing of a peace agreement? Theory on interstate conflict suggests that pre-negotiationreduces risk, ... of the conditions underwhich conflict parties shift from unilateral to joint decisionmaking.Keywordscivil war, intrastate conflict, peace ... ...
  • The Limited Prospects for International Tax Cooperation
    • No. 8-4, November 2017
    • Global Policy
    The recent pace of international agreement aimed to reduce tax evasion and avoidance was completely unpredicted prior to the financial crisis. The two targets are often considered to be merely diff...
    ... ... of Minnesota Abstract The recent pace of international agreement aimed to reduce tax evasion and avoidance was completely unpredicted prior ... of business seems to have increased rather than dampened unilateral initiatives to advance national gain. Policy Implications • The US ... ...
  • Inter-agency evidence sharing in competition law enforcement
    • No. 19-1, January 2015
    • International Journal of Evidence & Proof, The
    • 0000
    While transnational antitrust enforcement is becoming only more common, the access to foreign-based evidence remains a considerable practical challenge. This article appraises considerations and co...
    ... ... with foreign counterparts, also withoutany underlying bilateral agreement and on a non-reciprocal basis. This solution shows that apragmatic and ... points to novel unilateral approaches. In the latter regard the focus is devoted to Australia, where ... ...
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Law Firm Commentaries
  • Unilateral notice under an SPA not sufficient to stop limitation period expiring
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    A unilateral notice relating to a tax liability under a share sale and purchase agreement was not a valid notice within the relevant limitation period for a claim. The construction of a unilateral ...
    ...A unilateral notice relating to a tax liability under a share sale and purchase agreement was not a valid notice within the relevant limitation period for a claim. The construction of a unilateral notice must be viewed objectively, having ... ...
  • Dispute Resolution Post-Brexit Transition Period
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    For the duration of the Brexit transition period, the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement provided for EU law to continue to apply to the UK. The transition period concluded on 31 December 2020 and, as wide...
    ... ... duration of the Brexit transition period, the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement provided for EU law to continue to apply to the UK. The transition period ... The UK has, however, taken unilateral steps to limit the impact of the end of the transition period on issues ... ...
  • UK to Vote on “Magnitsky” Sanctions Against Human Rights Violators
    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    UK Parliamentarians will be voting on the introduction of unilateral sanctions targeting human rights violators, under similar provisions as are in force in the US under the Magnitsky Act. Should t...
    ...UK Parliamentarians will be voting on the introduction of unilateral sanctions targeting human rights violators, under similar provisions as ... Should the Magnitsky Agreement be passed, it would empower the UK government and private parties to apply ... ...
  • Blacklines Comparison of the New UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement Terms
    • JD Supra United Kingdom
    Yesterday, the EU and U.K. in principle agreed new terms for the withdrawal agreement giving effect to the U.K.’s exit from the European Union. These include a revised political declaration and pro...
    ... ... These include a revised political declaration and protocol concerning Northern Ireland replacing the controversial backstop. An amended unilateral declaration on consent in Northern Ireland by the U.K. was also published. Attached to this client note are comparison documents showing the changes ... ...
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