Arm s length is an idiomatic English phrase which refers to a metaphor that uses the human
body as a measure. The hand is not directly joined to the body, it maintains an undeniable
distance from the body, equivalent to the length of an arm. In this sense, the metaphorical
meaning of being at arm s length means to be at a certain distance, not too close and not too
far away. The expression is often used in contract law, and a contract concluded between
parties at arm s length will ensure that the parties are independent and on equal footing when
concluding the agreement.
The National Credit Act applies to every credit agreement between parties dealing at arm s
length . Arm s length is a novel concept in the South African credit vocabulary and not
defined in the Act. This mini?dissertation therefore discusses the theoretical and practical
application thereof in terms of the National Credit Act.
Mini Dissertation (LLM)--University of Pretoria, 2016.