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Quantum meruit

The term ‘quantum meruit’ means ‘as much as merited’ or ‘as much as earned’. In other words, it means payment in proportion to the amount of work done. At times in case of a divisible work a party has performed a part of the work and the rest of the work is not performed due to a breach by the other party or due to impossibility of performance, then the party who has completed such part work is entitled to receive remuneration for the same.
The claim for quantum meruit arises
  • when a person has done some work under the contract and the other party repudiates the contract or
  • The contract cannot be performed due to impossibility or illegality

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