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Blog Post: 10 February 2021

No damages if proven breach is not an effective cause of loss: “bitter truth” for innocent parties

In determining whether a breach of contract operates as an effective cause of the loss claimed, the court must apply “common sense”. Although there is a “moral asymmetry” where one party is at fault…

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Admitted as a solicitor, Hong Kong SAR, 2021


Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL), City University of Hong Kong, 2018

Juris Doctor, Melbourne Law School, 2017

Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Economics), University of Melbourne, 2013

Pro bono

  • Advising the Free Legal Advice Centre at Toynbee Hall on its ‘Know Your Rights’ guide to police powers to stop and search.
  • Advising Just For Kids Law on its School Exclusion Clinic, which provides free legal advice and representation for children faced with a fixed-term or permanent exclusion from schools in London.
  • Volunteering for Young Citizens as part of its Legal Experts in Schools Programme helping 13 – 15 year olds understand the UK legal system.

Published work

  • Wardlaw, E. (2021) “No damages if proven breach is not an effective case of loss: “bitter truth” for innocent parties”, Compact Contract Blog, Allen & Overy
  • Garvey, S and Wardlaw, E (2019) “English jurisdiction clause binding anchor defendants decisive in court’s conclusion that England is proper forum: E, D & F Man Capital Markets Ltd v Come Harvest Ltd & ors, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Review, Allen & Overy
  • Wardlaw, E (2019) “BIICL seminar marks launch of Hong Kong office”, Global Arbitration Review

Awards & accolades

Best New Pro Bono Activity (‘Know Your Rights’ project with Toynbee Hall was highly commended)

LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2021