Anglia Television Ltd. v. Reed

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Anglia Television Ltd. v. Reed
Court Court of Appeal, Civil Division
Citation [1971] 3 All E.E. 690

Relevant Facts

Plaintiff was a film company that intended to make a film for television entitled “The Man in the Wood.” They required a strong American actor, and contracted Robert Reed to rehearse and play in the film to be filmed in England. Due to booking errors, Reed repudiated the contract.

Procedural History

Anglia Television sued for 2,750 pounds for costs incurred before the contract with Reed as well as after the contract. They were awarded the whole 2,750 pounds, to which Reed appeals because only 854 pounds were incurred after the contract.


Whether one can recover expenditures incurred before a contract, once breach of the contract has been made.


Judgment affirmed.


Wasted Expenditure - Once can claim expenditure incurred after the contract was concluded, as well ass expenditure incurred before the contract, provided that it was such as would reasonably be in the contemplation of the parties as likely to be wasted if the contract was broken.