Reform of Privity
The doctrine of privity as laid down by the courts in the 19th century has long been the target of law reformers. As long ago as 1937 the United Kingdom Law Revision Committee suggested statutory modification of the privity rules, and the failure of successive governments to give effect to that recommendation has drawn vigorous comment from the House of Lords in recent leading cases. Statutory modification has been achieved in Israel and in two Australian states. Now the question of reform has arisen in New Zealand with the Report on Privity of Contract presented to the Attorney-General by the Contracts and Commercial Law Reform Committee in May of this year. The Report is a very full one, though some of the material in it does not seem to have been entirely necessary for the draft Bill proposed. However, it is heartening to see that the Committee is giving thought to the application of contractual reforms in other areas of law.