About the project
The Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Committee examined the contract law rule that money paid out under a mistake of law, rather than a mistake of fact, is not recoverable. It recommended that the rule should be abolished through an amendment to the Civil Law Act (Chapter 43, 1999 Revised Edition).
Project status: Completed
- The report was published in April 2001.
- The report was cited in Tan Sook Yee & Tang Hang Wu, “Equity, Trust and Restitution” (2001) 2 Singapore Academy of Law Annual Review of Singapore Cases [SAL Ann Rev] 198 at paragraph 12.39; Andrew Phang Boon Leong, “Contract Law” (2002) 3 SAL Ann Rev 122 at paragraph 9.53; and Yeo Tiong Min, “Restitution” (2002) 3 SAL Ann Rev 345 at paragraph 19.2.
- It proved to be unnecessary for Parliament to consider acting on the report, as in 2002 in Management Corporation Strata Title Plan No 473 v De Beers Jewellery Pte Ltd  SGCA 13,  1 SLR(R) 418, the Court of Appeal, following the lead taken by the United Kingdom House of Lords in Kleinwort Benson v Lincoln City Council  UKHL 38,  2 AC 349, decided that it would abrogate the rule judicially.
Areas of law
◾ Contract law
◾ Restitution law
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Last updated 10 May 2019