If someone made a promise that you relied on to your detriment, but there was no contract. How could you sue? Well, you might be able to sue for the reasonable value of your services (quantum meruit) or goods (quantum valebat). You might be able to sue for the promise itself (promissory estoppel). These are all claims in equity, because without these being available, the law may be unfair.
If you think what has happened is wrong, then you might have a claim or defence in equity.
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What are Equitable Claims?
Equitable remedies are available in many areas of law. Equity essentially means being fair.
If someone signed a contract and then breached the contract, that would usually be a simple breach of contract claim. However, equity provides some exceptions to this general rule, for example, if the person couldn’t read and the person benefiting from the contract incorrectly interpreted the terms to them, or left out key information, that might be ‘unconscionable conduct’ and the contract (or part of it) might be unenforceable.
Equity works in a number of areas. It can be used as a shield (for defences) or a sword (for relief or damages).