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    Disputes arising between parties...

    Hi, everyone.

    I was in dispute with a friend over the meaning of the following phrase.
    Disputes arising between parties at least one of whom is engaged in commercial activities.
    In my opinion, a dispute falls within the scope of this phrase if two conditions are met. First, there is a dispute between two or more parties and it can be any sort of dispute. Secend, at least one of the parties is engaged in commercial activities.

    Therefore, if Mr. John Smith and his wife are in dispute as to who will live with their only son after their divorce, and Mr. John Smith happens to be engaged in a commercial activity, the dispute falls within the definition.

    My friend thinks otherwise. He believes the phrase conveys the meaning that disputes, as reffered to in the phrase, have to be of a commercial nature.

    I would like to hear your opinions.

    Many thanks

    Richard
    Last edited by cubezero3; 15-Jun-2016 at 18:23.

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    Re: Disputes arising between parties...

    Richard,

    You've quoted a phrase. It isn't a sentence because it does not contain a verb. Is it a section title? If so, it doesn't have to follow the rules for sentences and is OK as is.

    Your understanding of the phrase is correct.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Disputes arising between parties...

    I didn't realise I had made such an obvious mistake until you pointed it out.
    It is a section title.
    Thank you for your kind help, GoesStation.

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    Re: Disputes arising between parties...

    You can rewrite the phrase to figure it out:

    Disputes arising between parties at least one of whom is engaged in commercial activities

    Disputes arising between parties where at least one of the parties is engaged in commercial activities

    I hope that makes it clear that of whom​ refers to "the parties".
    I am not a teacher.

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