Tweddle v. Atkinson

Tweddle v Atkinson is an English contract law case concerning the guideline of Privity of contract and consideration. Its board of claim makes a decision about strengthened that the convention of Privity implied that lone the individuals who are involved with an understanding (outside of one of the settled excellent connections, for example, office, bailment or trusteeship) might sue or be sued on it and built up the rule that thought must spill out of the promisee.

Name of the CaseTweddle vs. Atkinson
Citation(1861) EWHC QB J57.121ER 762
Year of the Case1861
AppellantWilliam Tweddle
RespondentAtkinson, executor of the estate of William
Bench/JudgesWightman Crompton & Blackburn JJ
Acts InvolvedIndian Contract Act 1872
Important SectionPrivity
CourtCourt of Queen’s Bench of Alberta


John Tweddle and William Guy commonly concurred recorded as a hard copy to pay totals of cash (£100 and £200, individually) to Tweddle’s child William (who was locked into Miss Guy). The fellow then passed on before instalment, and when the bequest would not pay, William Tweddle then sued Mr Atkinson, the agent of Guy’s domain, for the guaranteed £200.

The child and little girl of the gatherings engaged with this debate were getting hitched. Accordingly, the dad of the man of the hour and father of the lady of the hour went into an understanding that the two of them would pay wholes of cash to the couple. Tragically, the dad of the lady of the hour passed on before he paid the cash to the couple and the dad of the child kicked the bucket before he could sue on the understanding between the gatherings. Thus, the husband to be brought a case against the agent of the will for the instalment that was recently concurred between the dads.


The essential issue for the court was whether the child could, as an outsider to the understanding, uphold the agreement between the dads, which was eventually to support him and his better half. It was contended that the expectation of the understanding between the dads was for the couple to get a profit by the instalment of the cash. Also, it was contended that keeping the child from having the option to implement the agreement would successfully disregard the goal of the dads.


The case’s rundown of the tenet of Privity in the custom-based law was maintained in Dunlop v Selfridge (1915)[1] and Beswick v Beswick (1967)[2], however, it was as often as possible reprimanded for blocking the desires of the contracting parties. The two dads proposed that the entireties ought to be paid to the lucky man, and their desires were vanquished. (Note that this case went before the Married Women’s Property Act 1882, which empowered wedded ladies to hold their property). During the 1930s the Law Reform Committee proposed change of the convention yet World War II interceded, and nothing was finished. Prior in Beswick v Beswick, Master of the Rolls Lord Denning understood the Law of Property Act 1925 to attempt to oust the tenet, however, on offer, the House of Lords Judicial Committee, the court of definite intrigue, reprimanded his outrageous strict understanding and proclaimed the precept unblemished. Numerous legitimate gadgets exist to evade the conventions, (for example, the utilization of debatable instruments), the best being the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 which permits, all in all, a recipient or a recognized outsider to uphold terms to its advantage in an agreement made by others.

Provisions Involved : Those provisions are: Sections 2(a), 2(b), 2(c), 2(e), 2(h), 73, 74, and 75 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872.

Further development

The credit for the improvement of the precept of Privity of Contract is credited to the precedent-based law courts, but at this point, it is utilized in various countries like India, England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand with certain legal and legitimate exemptions. This regulation ensures that an outcast to an agreement can neither sue nor be sued by the gatherings to the agreement. In any case, in the course of time, it was comprehended that the convention is so firm it couldn’t in any way, shape or form adjust to the social solicitations, for an agreement impacts the gatherings to it just as society wherever as well. I think that it’s difficult to prevent the presence from claiming the overall standard that an alien to an agreement can’t can’t in an inquiry with both of the contracting parties exploit arrangements of the agreement, even where it is obvious from the agreement that some arrangement in it was proposed to profit him.


Wightman held that there was a point of reference that an alien to the thought of a guarantee can even now have activity if the relationship is sufficiently close (Bourne v Mason, 1669). In spite of this point of reference, he keeps up that the current position is that no more peculiar to the thought can make a move, regardless of whether it was for his advantages.

Crompton analyzes whether there was thought from the child and holds that regular love and warmth (from the marriage) was not adequate thought. This is interesting to Provender, where the overseeing ethic was respected; here, the administering worldview is trade and correspondence. Crompton further says it would be “a colossal suggestion” if an individual would have the option to sue for an agreement yet not have the option to be sued under it.

Blackburn manages an organization contention that normal love and fondness streams from the dad to the child and this qualifies a child for sue in his dad’s place (as though he had given the thought). Blackburn holds that the cases state that common love and friendship are not adequate thought for an activity.


The court held that the suit would not prevail as no outsider to the thought may uphold an agreement, albeit made for his advantage. The court decided that a promisee can’t bring an activity except if the thought from the guarantee moved from him. Thought must move from party qualified for sue upon the agreement. No legitimate privilege is given on outsiders to an understanding. Outsiders to an agreement don’t get any rights from that understanding, nor are they dependent upon any weights forced by it. It was left unanswered if the husband to be’sdad could have effectively sued the home.

The man of the hour’s case was dismissed by the court. It was held that the man of the hour was not a piece of the understanding between the dads and he didn’t give any thought to the guarantee made by the dad of the lady of the hour. Likewise, as an alien to the agreement, the child couldn’t authorize it. On this premise, the court found in favor of the agent of the will.


Outsiders to an agreement don’t get any rights from that understanding, nor are they dependent upon any weights forced by it. Regular love and warmth isn’t adequate though, according to the law.

Concept highlighted

The doctrine of Privity of agreement comprises of two particular general standards. The first is that an outsider can’t be exposed to weight by an agreement to which he isn’t a gathering. The second is that an individual who isn’t involved with an agreement can’t guarantee its advantage, even though the agreement was gone into with the object of profiting that outsider. The previous principle isn’t at all questionable: it would be entirely nonsensical for a lawful framework to empower two gatherings to expose an outsider to a legally binding commitment of which he was uninformed. The subsequent guideline is, be that as it may, incredibly questionable and the Law Commission has as of late suggested (1996) that it be changed to empower contracting gatherings to present an option to implement the agreement on an outsider. It is the last part of Privity, which will shape the head subject matter of this section, and any conversation of the change of Privity is limited solely to this appendage of the convention.

[1]UKHL 1, AC 847

[2]AC 58, UKHL 2

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