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Implied Promises and Quasi-Contract

A.W.B. Simpson

in A History of the Common Law of Contract

Published in print February 1987 | ISBN: 9780198255734
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198255734.003.0012
Implied Promises and Quasi-Contract

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This chapter examines the history of implied promises and quasi-contract in England. It explains that the 16th and 17th centuries saw the beginnings of the evolution of the branch of the law which came to be known as quasi-contract. It suggests that the basic reason for the development of implied assumpsit was the desire to use a convenient form of action to remedy certain duties or obligations recognized either directly by law or by common sense or justice.

Keywords: implied promises; implied assumpsit; obligations; common sense; justice

Chapter.  6766 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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