Waving goodbye to waiver

August 13, 2013


Here is an excellent blog post by my friend and colleague Travis Mitchell.
Like Travis, I occasionally see allegations of waiver in correspondence or court documents. Travis’s post provides a useful outline on what waiver means or doesn’t mean, depending on your perspective.

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It’s been almost five years since the High Court confirmed that Australian law does not recognise a standalone legal doctrine of waiver, Agricultural and Rural Finance Pty Ltd v Gardiner (2008) 238 CLR 570.  Waiver is really a shorthand description of the result of the doctrines of election, estoppel, variation by contract and release.  As Gummow, Hayne and Kiefel JJ said in Gardiner, waiver is one of a number of “solving words” which are “but substitutes for thought” and as one of a number of “pseudo-conceptions” or “soft spots in what appears a hard legal crust”.

But from time to time I still come across pleadings or submissions that a party has ‘waived’ contractual rights, without saying more. A defence in that form is risky.  Although the intended result may be the same, each of the doctrines is made up of its own distinct elements that must be satisfied…

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Sam is a property and insolvency barrister.

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One Comment on “Waving goodbye to waiver”

  1. Paul Davine Says:

    Good article. Thank you Sam.

    Paul Davine


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