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Brennan v Bolt Burdon & Ors

LTL 29/7/2004; [2004] EWCA (Civ) 1017; [2005] QB 303; [2004] 3 WLR 1321; Times, August 27, 2004 2004-07-29

Whether mistake as to law can vitiate a contract, in particular a contract compromising litigation. Held: a common or mutual mistake of law might vitiate a compromise or consent order but there was not an operative common mistake where there was doubt as to the law concerned and where the party wishing to reopen the compromise agreement went ahead with the compromise anyway.