Contract Agreement| Breach of Contract | A complete overview of Contract Law in Bangladesh

Contract Agreement| Breach of Contract | A complete overview of Contract Law in Bangladesh

Contract Agreement & Breach of Contract in Bangladesh| A complete overview of Contract Agreement in Bangladesh

Tahmidur Rahman, Senior Associate, Counsels Law Partners

12 Nov 2019

This post in details will explain Contract Agreement & Breach of Contract in Bangladesh and remedies and consquences with detailed definitions and infographics, i.e will provide a complete overview of Contract Law in Bangladesh and everything you need to know about contracts and breach of contracts.

 

 

Definition of Contract in regards to Law of Bangladesh 

 

A contract is generally an agreement made between two or more parties or persons. In order for a contract to have legal effect under the Contract Act 1872, the following factors must be present:

 

Contract Agreement & Breach of Contract in Bangladesh

Breach of Contract in Bangladesh

Before we deep dive into Contract Agreement & Breach of Contract in Bangladesh, let’s clarify our knowledge about the types of Breaches in Bangladeshi Law.

There are four main types of contract breaches:

  1. Minor Breach:

    A minor contract breach occurs when a party fails to perform a part of the contract, but does not infringe the entire contract. To be considered a minor breach, the infringement must be so non-essential that any remaining contractual obligations may otherwise be fulfilled by all parties involved. A minor infringement is sometimes referred to as an unbiased infringement.

  2. Material Breach:

    A material violation of a contract is such a significant infringement, it severely impairs the contract as a whole; in addition, the infringement must make the object of the agreement fully defeated. Often, this is considered a complete violation.

  3. Fundamental breach:

    A fundamental breach of contract is exactly the same as a material breach, in that the non-breaching party is entitled to terminate the contract and claim damages in the event of a breach. The distinction is that a substantive breach is deemed to be much more egregious than a material breach; and

  4. Anticipatory Breach:

    An anticipatory breach happens when one party makes it clear to the other party, either orally or in writing, that they will not be able to fulfill contract terms. Therefore, the other party may immediately claim a contract violation and seek a settlement, such as reimbursement. Anticipatory violation may also be called anticipatory repudiation.

If a party to a contract fails or refuses to meet his / her obligations under the contract (also contains an indication of reason for non-performance) is known as the breach of contract. (Contract Agreement & Breach of Contract in Bangladesh)

 

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Things the innocent party can do in breach of a contract in Bangladesh

Contract terms, contracting parties rights and obligations and the effects of breach or violation of contract can be found in the 1872 Contract Act. The innocent party can lodge a claim for:

  • Specific performance of contracts
  • Compensation
  • Revocation of contracts after breach of contract

Compensatory Damage:
Upon breach of a contract, the party suffering from such breach shall be entitled to receive compensation from the wrongdoer. The Court is likely to conduct 3-tier tests in awarding the compensation as stipulated below:

  • Has there been a breach of contract? The answer is Yes.
  • Has there been a failure or injury arising from that breach? Yes should be the resolution.
  • Is the damage too remote? Answer is No.

    Final Stage: Court grants damages determining the loss number.

Now the consequences of the breach of contract and remedies available in Bangladeshi contract law.

A. Cases in which specific performance enforceable according to the Contract Law of Bangladesh

Specific performance of any contract may be imposed at the Court’s discretion-

  1. Where the act agreed to be performed is in the service of a trust;
  2. Where there is no criterion for assessing the actual damage caused by the act agreed to be performed;
  3. Where the essence of the act agreed to be performed is such that monetary compensation for its failure to perform would not be sufficient
  4. When it is probable that monetary compensation cannot be obtained for the non-performance of the act agreed to be done.

    Since the order of particular performance is voluntary, the Court is not obligated to grant such relief merely because it is lawful to do so.

The following contracts cannot be specifically enforceable-

How ‘Counsels Law Partners’ help one of the contracting party in any agreement in Bangladesh

Team Tahmidur Rahman | Counsels Law Partners Law Firm in Dhaka, Bangladesh is very astutue and outcome driven law firm, that has a vast amount of experience in dealing with contractual infringements, effects and demands for money. For legal aid or questions in regards to Contract Agreement & Breach of Contract in Bangladesh, please contact us at:

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Contracts which is not enforceable according to the Contract Law of Bangladesh:

 

  • A contract for the non-performance of which compensation in cash is an adequate relief;
  • A contract which encompasses such a minute or numerous details, or which is so dependent on the parties ‘ personal qualifications, or otherwise by its nature, that the Court can not endorse the specific performance of its material conditions;
  • A contact with the duration of which the Court can not find reasonableContract for Sale: If the seller and buyer agree to sell or buy the property at a later stage, the seller and buyer must enter into a contract for sale.
  • A agreement establishes a contractual responsibility between the buyer and the seller, and
  • A contract for sale does not change ownership of the property. A sales contract in the sub-registry should be registered.
  • A contract made by trustees either in excess of their powers of in breach of their trust;
  • A contract concluded by or on behalf of a corporation or public company founded for special purposes or by the promoters of such a company which exceeds its powers;
  • A contract whose performance involves the performance of a continuous duty stretching over a period of more than 3 years from its date; and
  • A contract in respect of which a substantial part of the subject matter is deemed to be performed by both parties

 

B. Monetary Compensation in Contract Agreement & Breach of Contract in Bangladesh

 

1. Monetary compensation for loss or damage incurred by infringement:

When a contract has been violated, the party arising from such violation is entitled to receive compensation from the party violating the contract for any loss or damage resulting from such infringement, which inevitably resulted from such infringement in the normal course of events.
This compensation shall not be provided for any loss or damage caused internally or indirectly because of the breach.

2. Compensation for violation of the contract: 
Where a penalty has been levied for infringement of the contract, where a sum is specified in the contract as the amount to be paid in the event of such infringement, or where the contract includes any other clause by way of penalty, the party complaining of the infringement is entitled to receive from the contract, whether or not the actual damage or loss has been found to have been incurred thereby. The innocent party may also demand the section interest on the amount listed above.

 

C. Contract withdrawal

 

  Any person interested in a contract in writing may sue for having it withdrawn, and such withdrawal may be permitted by the Court in the following cases–where the contract is invalid or terminable by the plaintiff; where the contract is unlawful for reasons not apparent to the plaintiff and the defendant is more to blame than the plaintiff; where there is a decree for a contract specific;

 

Contract Agreement & Breach of Contract in Bangladesh Services By Counsels Law Partners

 

At Counsels Law Partners, as the leading law firm in Dhaka, we also already supported our clients in securing the full compensation for a broken contract by means of out – of-court settlement or litigation. We will inform our clients with full clarity on the steps that need to be taken to minimize the damage caused by the breach and also enable them to obtain the best possible solution in the event of damage that has already been sustained in Contract Agreement & Breach of Contract in Bangladesh.

 

 

 

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Tahmidur Rahman, Senior Associate, Counsels Law Partners

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What is ‘Share’ according to Bangladeshi Law?

The term ‘share’ is defined in Sec. 2 (1) (v) of the Companies Act of 1994, which reads as below:

  “Share means a share in the share capital of a company, and includes stock except where a distinction between stock and share is expressed or implied.”

Why a Company would like to Transfer Share in Bangladesh 

Share Transfer Process of a Company in Bangladesh can be a seamless process for both private and public limited companies. If someone (who is the company’s shareholder) wants to transfer his / her share to another person or if he / she does not want to remain the shareholder or director of this company, he / she may leave the share to someone else. Basically the existing shareholder of the company buys this particular share otherwise the new shareholder or director of this company may be involved by purchasing the transfer share. Monitoring of this activity by the Joint Stock Company Registrar and Firms (RJSC). The share allocation of the company is also a process that gets monitored by RJSC in Bangladesh.

The managers of the company may want to add experienced or veteran professional for some time to increase the business capacity of the company. The addition of a new shareholder or the company’s director is therefore a fairly conventional process. Companies generally include experienced business people in a particular area or country to increase the market and profit ratio of the company. RJSC is the only authority in Bangladesh for Company Registration, Share Transfer, Share Allotment, Wind-up and related business activities.

How to Share Transfer of a Company in Bangladesh?

In this infographics, the six steps is shown on how to transfer company shares in Bangladesh.

Shares in a company registered in Bangladesh are a movable property that can be transferred in a manner given in the company’s Articles of Association. But before proceeding with the Transferring Shares process, it is important to remember that the right to transfer shares may be restricted in a private limited company. Share Transfer Process of a Company is pretty straightforward if it’s not then.

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Six Steps of Transferring Company Shares in Bangladesh

 

Here we have described in details (six steps), the procedure of transferring shares of a private limited company registered in Bangladesh.

 

Step1: Find out whether there was any existing restrictions against Share Transfer

 

The share transfer in a Private Limited Company can be restricted by the Articles of Association (AOA). Thus, the Articles of Association of the Company must be assessed before starting the offer exchange method. It is basic in Bangladesh that the organisation’s articles of affiliation typically contain pre-concurred methodology set out that are required to be followed for any exchange of offers in the organization.

 Limitations on right of the investors to move shares are for the most part as pre-emption. Which implies that if an investor wishes to sell a few or the entirety of his offers, such offers should initially be offered to other existing individuals from the private constrained organization at a value controlled by the Directors or the Auditor of the Company. In no current investor is intrigued, at that point portions of the Company can be unreservedly moved to an untouchable.

On the off chance that there is any limitation or extraordinary techniques, those confinement or strategy must be followed for any offer transfer.Which implies that if an investor wishes to sell a few or the entirety of his offers, such offers should initially be offered to other existing individuals from the private constrained organization at a value dictated by the Directors or the Auditor of the Company. In no current investor is intrigued, at that point portions of the Company can be openly moved to an outcast.

Hence, all the license, permits, agreement etc. should be checked for any restriction imposed on share Transfer Process of a Company. If there is any restriction, prior approval should be obtained.

 

Step 2: Notify the Board of the Directors of the Company

 

The Shareholder intending to move the offers should serve notice recorded as a hard copy to the Board of Directors of the Company about expectation to move portion of the organization. The Director may have the forces to deny enlistment of move of offers in specific situations – endorsed in the Articles of Association. The Board of Directors should hold an executive gathering and endorse the exchange of the offers. The Director ought to likewise give a declaration in this respect. 

Step 3: Paying the Price of the intended shares

Once the company has granted its approval, the price of the shares should have been paid. If both buyer and seller are local or foreign, there is no requirement for proof of payment. However, if the seller is a Bangladeshi and the buyer is a foreigner, the Joint Stock Companies and Firms Registrar (RJSC) will require a letter of bank encashment for the transfer of the share.

Step 4: Completion of Form 117

Once the company has granted its approval, the price of the shares should have been paid. If both buyer and seller are local or foreign, there is no requirement for proof of payment. However, if the seller is a Bangladeshi and the buyer is a foreigner, the Joint Stock Companies and Firms Registrar (RJSC) will require a letter of bank encashment for the transfer of the share.

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Step 5: Payment of Stamp Duty

Stamp duty is payable on the face value of each share.

Once the Form 117 is signed, a copy of the same should be delivered to the Company.

Step 6: AMENDMENT OF THE SHARE CERTIFICATE REGISTRAR BOOKS AND ISSUANCE.

Upon completion of the above steps, the company should update its share registrar, share transfer registrar, minutes registrar, and issue a share certificate in favour of the new shareholder or modify the existing share certificate to reflect the changes.

Essential documents needed for Share Transfer of the Company

 

Essential documents needed for Share Transfer of the Company:

1. Letter from Company’s board of director approving the transfer company’s share.
2. A document indicating Number of shares to be transferred of the Company.
3.A completed (signed) Company form 117.
4. Board Resolution by the company approving the transfer of the shares; and
5.Certificate of Transfer of Shares.

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