| House of Lords||  AC 119|
| Davis Contractors Ltd v Fare, Krell v Henry, Taylor v Caldwell|
Metropolitan Water Board v Dick Kerr and Co Ltd  AC 119 is an English contract law case, concerning the frustration of an agreement.
Metropolitan Water Board v Dick, Kerr & Co Ltd Wikipedia
Dick, Kerr & Co agreed to build a reservoir in six years for the Metropolitan Water Board (London). The contract said that Dick, Kerr & Co should apply to the engineer for an extension of time in the event of delay ‘whatsoever and howsoever occasioned’. Dick, Kerr & Co were then required to stop work and sell their plant because of a Government Order.
The House of Lords held that the contract was frustrated, because the delay clause was intended to cover temporary difficulties, and not such fundamental changes in the contract’s nature.