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  1. The doctrine of privity of contract
  2. The basis of the doctrine of privity
  3. Avoiding the doctrine of privity : methods of creating rights enforceable directly by a third party
  4. Avoiding the doctrine of privity : methods of creating rights enforceable directly by the contracting party for the benefit of a third party
  5. Reform by the Contrats Act 1999

Until recently, a person who was not a party to a contract could not acquire directly enforceable rights under it. This is known as the doctrine of "privity in contract?. The rule has been reformed by the Contrats Act 1999. But long before that, parties had sometimes found ways of avoiding this strict rule. The origin of the doctrine of privity in the modern law is TWEDDLE V ATKINSON (1861). It was confirmed by the HL in DUNLOP V SELFBRIDGE in 1915. The doctrine is sometimes based on considerating, and sometimes on the principle that only a party to a contract can sue. So are they really different doctrines or just two sides of a single principle?

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