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15 Nov 2022

CIF Weekly: Optimares S.p.A v Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C.

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Clear drafting means right to terminate for convenience unfettered by existence of other contractual termination rights or duty of good faith

In Optimares S.p.A. v Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C. [2022] EWHC 2461 (Comm),1 the Court revisited and clearly elucidated the key principles of contractual construction where the parties are both sophisticated commercial entities, but one "had the whip hand in the negotiations". Even if the contractual arrangements are weighted in one party's favour, clear and unambiguous language will not be rewritten by the Court.

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1 Handed down on 7 October 2022.

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