jus quaesitum tertio

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[Latin: rights on account of third parties]

The general rule that a contract cannot confer rights on a third party: only a party to a contract can sue on it. This rule is now subject to statutory exceptions, principally those created by the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999. In addition, rights may be conferred on third parties by means of a trust.

Subjects: Law.

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