Michael Crane QC and Daniel Edmonds (Instructed by Jones Day Partner, Craig Shuttleworth) successfully defended a $30 million claim for the purchase price of an Aircraft base. The claim (part-heard) turned on the correct interpretation of an exclusion clause within the purchase agreement and whether such term was properly excluded by the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1978 (“UCTA”). Cooke J, in the Commercial Court, found for the Defendant on all points, agreeing with the Defendant’s submission that the exclusion clause properly construed was effective to exclude conditions as to satisfactory quality implied by the Sales of Goods Act 1979. Cooke J also found that UCTA was inapplicable, holding in accordance with the Defendant’s submissions that: 1) the agreement to purchase the Aircraft was an international supply contract on two separate grounds; 2) UCTA was excluded, as English law was not the natural law of the contract; and 3) the Claimant had not purchased the Aircraft as a consumer and the exclusion clause was reasonable.