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Recent Developments in Trinidadian Commercial Law

One of the interesting and attractive features of legal practice in Trinidad is that the courts can choose to develop the common law in a way which most suits local conditions. Unlike the English Bar, the courts here will look at decisions from local Caribbean courts, Commonwealth countries and other common law jurisdictions. Trinidad courts can, therefore, follow the approach taken in the UK Supreme Court or take a different approach if that appears appropriate. The recent cases I shall be discussing all have important implications for commercial practitioners. But at least two of the cases provide opportunities for the Trinidad courts to choose their own direction.

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