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The Law of Restitution


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25 June 2012

Restitution is a form of remedy for loss suffered by a claimant. Restitutionary remedies are different from the general remedies which are available in tort and contract as Lord Wright suggested:

"It is clear that any civilized system of law is bound to provide remedies for cases of what has been called unjust enrichment or unjust benefit, that is, to prevent a man from retaining the money of, or some benefit derived from, another which it is against conscience that he should keep. Such remedies in English law are generically different from remedies in contract or in tort, and are now recognised to fall within a third category of the common law which has been called quasi -contract or restitution."

The House of Lords therefore recognised that restitutionary remedies are available where:

1. The defendant has been unjustly enriched at the expense of the claimant.

2. Where the defendant has obtained a benefit by doing a wrong.

3. Where the claimant can bring a claim to recover property held by the defendant in which the claimant has a priority interest.

Aneela is a trainee solicitor and can be contacted at Lawdit is a commercial law firm based in London, Malaga and Rome

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