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04 Jun 2020

“Best endeavours” vs “reasonable endeavours”: Not two sides of the same coin

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It is a regular feature of commercial contracts to include endeavour clauses to impose an obligation on a party to attempt to do something. Unlike an absolute obligation, which requires an obligor to actually carry out the objective, for example, deliver cargo by 31 December 2020, an endeavours obligation will require the obligor to use its “best” or “reasonable” endeavours to perform their obligation.

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