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From a legal perspective, I would suggest that ‘seek to ensure’ is similar to precatory wording in a will. For example, if you state that you are leaving £1m to your brother in the ‘hope’, ‘wish’ or ‘desire’ that he will take care of your two nieces, the precatory wording will mean that your attempt to set up a trust for your nieces will fail. The sum will become an absolute gift to your brother. By the same, token the phrase ‘seek to ensure’ should fail to create any contractual or other legal obligation or responsibility for meeting the building regulations in the present context. There may be a moral imperative to do that, but the intention required for a legal obligation is not present with such precatory wording. For the separation of legal and moral imperatives refer to the ‘Hart Fuller Debate’. The ‘seek to ensure’ phrase is pure nonsense from a jurisprudence perspective.

Posted date

6 March, 2020

Posted time

9:09 pm