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Jackson v Horizon Holidays

[1975] 1 WLR 1468

Case summary last updated at 03/01/2020 16:47 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Jackson v Horizon Holidays

 P contracted D for a family holiday which went wrong for all members of the family and p was entitled to damages. It was accepted that only P could sue (he paid and contracted the whole holiday for his own and his family’s benefit, NOT as an agent for the family) but it was disputed whether he could claim damages for all the family or only for himself. CA upheld the damages awarded, but Denning LJ did it on the basis that it was to compensate for damages to the whole family, whereas James LJ said it was solely to compensate for damages to P. Orr LJ said “I agree” but it wasn’t clear with whom he agreed (McKendrick). Hence this isn’t an authority for the proposition that a principal can sue for the loss suffered by TP beneficiary from the contract. 

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