Hodges v Aegis Defence Services (BVI) Ltd

Contract – Construction. The claimant's husband had been engaged by the defendant under a contract for services as a security escort in Iraq. He died in the course of carrying out his duties and an issue arose as to the payment to which the claimant was entitled under the contract. She contended that she was entitled to a minimum lump sum payment of US$200,000. The judge dismissed her claim. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, dismissed her appeal as, on the true construction of the contractual documentation, there had been no obligation that the sums due to her were to be paid by way of lump sum and, so long as she had received US$200,000, there had been no breach of contract.

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