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Reardon Smith Line v Yngvr Hansen-Tangen

Wilberforce's 'matrix of fact'

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Investors' Compensation Scheme Ltd v West Bromwich Building Society

Modern view of interpretation per L Hoffman - he affirms the developments made by Wilberforce and his "matrix of facts" and states that it is the ascertainment of the 'reasonable person' with all the background knowledge, he extends the "matrix" to 'absolutely anything which would have affected the comprehension of the doc'

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Chartbrook v Persimmon Homes

The weight to be attached to the matrix of fact depends upon the context, but there should not be a blanket prohibition - post-restatement -- seems to question the conclusiveness of Hoffman's restatement

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Jacobs v Batavia

Parol evidence rule

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Smith v Wilson
Hutton v Warren

Exception to the Parol Evidence Rule - oral evidence can be admitted when looking at local custom e.g. S the amount of rabbits 1000 = 1200 in Suffolk - this was a contextual interpretation by way of taking account of the Matrix of Fact -- the local custom applied unless the contract expressly or impliedly excluded it

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The Moorcock

Terms implied "in fact" - i.e. exclusively from the parties' contract - an implied term because of "business efficacy" - without the implied term, which stemmed from a representation, the Ps would merely have been buying the right to damage their boat - necessity allowed the court to imply the term and reasonableness dictated how they did it

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Reigate v Union Manufacturing Co (basis of "officious bystander" test)

No implied term - just because it is reasonable to do so does not mean that the courts will imply it - here, if the term had been put to them then they probably wouldn't have agreed on it anyway - the term will only be implied to give efficacy to the contract

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Shirlaw v Southern Foundries

Scrutton LJ's "officious bystander" test - 'it is something so obvious that it goes without saying' - here it was a promise of 10 years' employment which the new company tried to oust; the term was implied

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Liverpool CC v Irwin

It is irrelevant that the implication of a term would make it more reasonable

Also, terms implied in law

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Spring v National Amalgamated Stevedores and Dockers Society

If the party and no knowledge of the matter from which the other party is attempting to imply a term then it cannot be implied

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Attorney General of Belize v Belize Telecom

The amalgamation of the interpretation of contract and the interpretation of terms - implication arises when the instrument does not expressly provide for what is to happen when some event occurs

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Scally v Southern Health and Social Services Board

Terms implied in law - must be necessary in order for the contract to work

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Crossley v Faithful & Gould Holdings

Too broad a term and too burdensome - 'necessity' was a standard in cases - legal term