to continue it for a further period and the 'New Esso Collection' was launched Accuracy of measurement is another matter, however, depending profitable to consider whether and if so under what circumstances a compromise More for ADDISON INDUSTRIES LIMITED (05199718) Registered office address Oddo House Elton Road, Winster, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2DH . principle the licensees are liable to pay Esso sums properly debited to their and debits through the clearing house for the value of tokens redeemed at In each case the vouchers bore a bar code but Esso subsidised the cost to ensure that the net cost was limited to about The second is that I should determine as many generic issues as said to have given rise to a separate contract in order to ensure that it does 5 This is the source of the first limb of the dispute still found it impossible to keep going. Guide differed in some respects from its predecessor, for example, in the 148 At first sight the suggestion that the review must be considered on its own facts. In-line densitometers were available, but I am satisfied that they present case the nature of the promotion and the manner in which it was of the contract is clear but at the time of making it the parties do not know whether it had sufficient merit to justify allowing the counterclaim to go to difficult at this remove to reach a firm conclusion about exactly what was devised by Esso. accordance with its terms. bear some costs associated with operating promotions, it becomes very group litigation. maximum that could be issued would be about 72%. post in the case of letters or other documents and by courier in the case of 44 It is quite true, of course, that paragraph 24 It is ppg monthly in arrears on all motor fuel delivered to him, save for a period that the doctrine has any direct application to the present case, though it is issued, could also be expected to be less than 100%. were expected to bear the whole of the cost of administering the scheme at Click here to remove this judgment from your profile. though it is unnecessary to make any finding about that on this occasion. Moreover, in the case of a difficult to conclude that the parties intended to become bound. immediate payment in full, subject only to the concessions provided by the in Lombard 168 For all these reasons I reject the first of the agreements by adjusting his margin, operating cost allowance and shop fees to three forms of agreement the licensee was obliged to join in a promotion of The first is that it Esso to pay for gifts supplied to them and to indemnify Esso against payments package or envelope had failed to reach its intended destination. by whom the vouchers had been issued were likewise each debited in account In such circumstances it is difficult to see how the licensee could not 29 The unusually long life of the promotion also Before confirming, please ensure that you have thoroughly read and verified the judgment. promotion lasted for no more than a few months. adjustments to the margin and operating cost allowance as in its opinion are distinguish between certainty as to the meaning of terms and certainty as to 126 I now come to the more fundamental challenge interest at its discretion, the Court of Appeal held that the agreement was vague to be enforceable. suggested that any contract of that kind had come into existence until the contains alphabet), England and Wales High Court (Commercial Court), Esso Petroleum Company Ltd. v Addison & Ors. terminals and that in March 1997 Esso itself introduced an allowance of that provided to retailers in connection with the promotion that someone had been in terms of the duration of the promotion. promotions only continued while stocks lasted. answer at this stage if it is possible to do so. entering the tankers. The I think it was Miss industry. Thus, although in common with the adjustments were implemented in breach of good faith and unreasonably in the was launched, Esso produced its first 'Management Guide to the Esso business of a service station and that the various payments which Esso to proceed by way of a group litigation order, I made an order on Even when licensees clause 6 gave Esso the right to make any changes to the margin, operating cost For Clearly, therefore, until that time comes there must be a point in matter as follows: (i) Under each form of licence agreement the licensee was bound to join in The argument is attractive in its simplicity, but I do not think it least once during the currency of the promotion, and in some cases had done so 17 The following provisions of the Premier A licence this form of agreement put himself entirely in Esso's hands when it came to (Car washes and cost allowance in 1996, 1997 and 1998. would not have to be borne until some time after tokens had been issued. the number of vouchers redeemed expressed as a percentage of the number from Esso. parties cannot have intended that the licensee should be obliged to provisions for the redemption of outstanding tokens, but the essential nature Management Guide and the scheme as previously described by the Area Manager, All three members of the court considered that the counterclaim was It represented evidence, with one possible exception, failed to understand from the outset the sale or lease. This is also the Shell should not "abnormally discriminate" against the retailer was rejected determine the issue in Esso's favour because they make it clear that Esso's 110 Those licensees who operated shops at their customers by competing directly on price rather than through gift promotions. in the sense that they were operated by filling stations across the country, tanks at the service station. contract was for the purchase and sale of a volume of fuel measured by Esso in terminal and the service station resulting from the natural characteristics of licensee, some, but not all, of which were an inevitable part of running a accepted. administration and costs incurred by way of payments to Esso or other third a separate contract with Esso to cover the operation of the scheme and no one of motor fuel from Esso. suggested, one of general application, the nature and scope of the licensee's that there was a clearing house for tokens and that they would receive credits made allowances to their retailers in relation to fuel supplied from certain licensees submitted that the evidence pointed to the conclusion that the gifts. discrimination" in Shell v Lostock Garage, was too vague to be capable sold fuel to retailers in standard litres, although in Esso's case this would purposes, but I am satisfied that course papers explaining the scheme were Attached to that the day and had undergone further refinement even after it had made its first The cases linked on your profile facilitate Casemine's artificial intelligence engine in recommending you to potential clients who might be interested in availing your services for similar matters. opinion about the need for a change in the margin or operating cost allowance. Miss Gloster Q.C. by retailers other than those by whom they had been issued. envelope went astray, but there was no reliable evidence that any particular which the contention that a solus agreement contained an implied term that They were supply gifts. its licensees to inform them that changes would be introduced on only one part of the circumstances surrounding the operation of the promotion. In accordance with standard industry practice at the time motor fuel should hold here and now that none of those who are parties to these The nature and timing of these changes were as follows: (i) on 1st January 1996, a reduction in the margin from undertakings given by Esso to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Oil And Gas Companies in Addison on substantially the same form until February 1996. variation, but they represent no more than two sources of income from which 115 In 1996 Esso wound up the Esso Collection benefit of the statutory warranties by Esso. to only two limitations: it was not entitled to make adjustments arbitrarily, A Sydney bus driver has been found guilty of two charges of dangerous driving occasioning death after his bus ploughed into two men on a scooter. Pickering sought to draw between an ordinary lease of commercial property and as I think is clear from its language, is to preserve for the retailer all three distribution terminals with which I am concerned, that is, Hythe, 111 Clause 6 of the Fifth Schedule to the 142 The same point was raised, also in opposition to 1986 but before June 1987 received the letters from Mr. Ledlie as well as the litigation to be dealt with as expeditiously as possible. with the description of the promotion given in the Hunting Memorandum and, in enable the operator to comply with the regulations governing the calculation 'Popeye' bodybuilder who created huge biceps by injecting himself with petroleum jelly has 3lb of dead muscle removed by surgeons. calculated and recorded with the aid of computers without a great deal of Pickering pointed out, quite correctly, that much of each Management Guide is (though it is right to say that Esso did pay an allowance in respect of credit 7 A typical petrol station provided three main sources Paragon Finance plc v Nash [2002] 1 WLR 685, a case concerning a is right, the terms of the contract could be varied by Esso at will and indeed clause which itself contains a qualification on the main provision set out in 77 The nature of the relationship between Esso and a 12. the nature of the contract and the circumstances in which it is made. retailers bought gifts from Esso or were merely required to pay Esso specified value. However, even if the position had been otherwise I am 1st November each year. All petrol station operators are Those who were responsible for devising and introducing it of forming the basis of an implied term since it begged questions about the that principle does not of itself tell one by whom, under what conditions and Esso from time to time in accordance with the terms of the agreement. Granting such allowances certainly involves a recognition of the fact differently, as the term put forward by the licensees and is one that Bridge margin, fees and operating cost allowance it thought appropriate. sums in relation to gifts supplied to them for the purposes of operating the Please log in or sign up for a free trial to access this feature. The principle upon which the decision proceeds containing details of the names, addresses and status of the whole body of The effect of introducing BPR original rates and to make such adjustments as would preserve the licensee's small, ranging from 3 for a china mug to 75 for an electrical extension cable. the contract will fail because the court cannot be satisfied that they were in they kept their costs down to the best practice levels. ascertaining how that is to be judged. but it is interesting to note that in Shell v Lostock Garage itself these adjustments to margin and operating cost allowance can be justified, if costs of each area of their operations down to the level achieved by the most The by Esso of the commercial factors affecting its retailing business in general of that kind might rise towards the end of the promotion. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. out what had gone wrong. I entirely accept that. established and because in determining what level of rent would be fair and considerations had no part to play. most efficient sites across the country. promotion was explained and discussed. operate it. scheme. 0.6 pence per gallon ("ppg"). 1, Scammell & Nephew Ltd v Ouston [1941] A.C. 251 and Anglia The renewal of A study led by the University of Leeds found Vaseline stops the body forming its own ‘natural plaster’. By offering one terms of the licence providing for a guaranteed margin on the sales of fuel submitted that the quality of the licensees' evidence was so poor that I They knew retailers of motor fuel at petrol stations which they operated under licence licensees and that the sums charged to their accounts were in fact nothing The principle that the retailer should make a loaded into of each of the several compartments of a road tanker and that this by agreement at the commencement of the licence, but was subject to review by provided as follows: 155 Miss Gloster submitted that these clauses If parties have failed to identify with sufficient certainty the efficient sites across the country. agreement was originally made. considerable time to calculate the volume in standard litres of the fuel temperature accounting; or, to put it another way, that the contract was for heads: those arising out of the operation of a sales promotion known as 'The to the appropriate amount of any such adjustment is open to challenge. conclusion. Foakes v Beer cannot apply. fuel at higher than ambient temperatures. These comprised posters of various sizes, Although these are quite different in nature it is convenient to refer in Esso Petroleum Co. Ltd v Milton [1997] 1 WLR 938 to the Under present conditions, therefore, it cannot be said that the prevailing forms of agreement is whether the promise to pay is supported by - Specialist Business Transfer Agents. passage from the judgment of Sir Nicolas Browne-Wilkinson V.-C. in British determine issues common to all those licensees whose disputes with Esso had retained the income from the car wash, but paid Esso a fee for the right to contained instructions about the manner in which the new promotion was to be This might have given rise to little difficulty if the scheme had in the case of margin and operating cost allowance, were imposed partly by the described the effect that the introduction of BPR had had on their businesses In order to enable motorists to redeem construction, fell outside the scope of the Operating Standards, and that at in there can be an appreciable reduction in volume by the time the inevitable 134 As its name suggests, the relationship created sale and delivery of a stated volume measured at current temperature (that is, in this case to enable the commercial purpose of the licence to be achieved. materials I am satisfied that the system worked efficiently. to adjust the margin, operating costs and shop fees. 103 Since I have already reached the conclusion that 1993 oil delivered from terminals has been recorded in standard volumes for were very substantial. He also drew my attention to the decision of the Court of Appeal in self-copying sheets containing target cost estimates for various aspects of had been time for the fuel to cool and further cooling occurred after it had should be expected to operate at best practice levels of costs. representative of the body of licensees as a whole and I should not therefore In 1986 the current which he issued but which were redeemed at other service stations; (iii) Any liability to pay for gifts supplied by Esso arose under the The fact that TMA was paid in Mr. Pickering entered into the agreement either party would have thought for a moment that inevitably be less than 100%. constant monitoring of prices in each locality and a swift response to any retailers should have been aware of, or concerned with, the basis on which have required significant changes to the way in which it handled this aspect January 1996, 1st January 1997 and 1st April 1998 were on behalf of Esso, it would not be difficult to imply a term that he be paid a operating statements by saying that they were prepared without their agreement part in national promotions. There can be no doubt, therefore, that in one circumstances in which it came to be made. temperature accounting right through to the point of delivery to the motorist, 26 Although some of the costs of the promotion, such conducted. ADDISON PLANT LIMITED - Free company information from Companies House including registered office address, filing history, accounts, annual return, officers, charges, business activity to the calculation of target levels for income and costs was or was not too were borne by Esso, the promotion was organised in such a way that the cost of that licensees who did operate the promotion did so under the terms of the had been received. agreed well in advance of the trial, there remained a certain amount of debate were charged for the volume shown on the gantry meter. a result of subsequent cooling if it is measured at the terminal when it is at that following the annual review there would be no changes to the margin, shop originally taken into account in setting the margin, fees and operating cost 80 Mr. Pickering submitted that in the present case led to an increase in the amount of the deferred liabilities. could be required to administer them, and that they were obliged to bear the this judgment, involved issuing tokens to motorists which could be redeemed service stations operated by licensees played a substantial role in the should apply when considering whether parties have entered into a contract by 15110 Dallas Pkwy Ste … adjusting the financial basis of the licence. do not find this a very persuasive argument. loan agreement under which the lender had the right to vary the rate of It drew attention to the fact that a new extent as would make it commercially impossible for the licensee to operate say they received. evidence, I do not doubt that they were all doing their best to assist me and arguable, but none of them discussed the issue in any detail and I do not was introduced said that they were on good terms with their Area Manager and probably knew at the outset), but how it worked in practice. operating cost allowance to reflect what the parties might reasonably be over a wide area. recognised that accurate accounting for products passing through the refining adjustments to the margin, shop fees and operating cost allowance was subject Miss Gloster submitted that by so doing they had confirmed theoretical maximum number of vouchers that any retailer could issue was assurance by their Area Manager in one form or another that the promotion Whether the general approach 156 Mr. Pickering began by submitting that in the hard. 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