Let's hear it for The Hoff

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  • Don't rely on the above as a statement of the law. The court was not intervening to correct a mistake - it rejected that this was an appropriate case. Instead, Persimmon won because Lord Hoffmann disagreed with the manner in which the lower courts had construed the key phrase. He did not change any wording.

    Of more interest, the House rejected the proposition that extraneous evidence of what was said during negotiations could be used to aid the construction of the contract

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