One of the most significant shortcomings of the common law that led to the development of equity was inadequate remedies. As a result, many would be plaintiffs were left out; however, equity increased the remedies. With reference to the above statement discuss five equitable remedies.

The following are equitable remedies:

Specific performance

A party who has acted in breach of a contract may be ordered the court to specifically perform that which he contracted to do.



This is an equitable remedy available to an innocent party whose contract contains a vitiating factor.



This is an order or decree which a party to an action is required to do, refrain from doing particular thing.



This is when an instrument under seal did not reflect the true intention of parties through a mistake in transcribing; the mistake can be rectified. Only documents not contracts can be rectified.



Steps taken beneficiaries to follow assets which have come into the hands of others. In equity even where a fund is mixed a charge can be imposed on the mixed fund to the full extent of the claimant’s contribution.

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