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Anson's Law of Contract

Anson's Law of Contract (31st edn)

Jack Beatson FBA, Andrew Burrows FBA, QC (Hon), and John Cartwright
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date: 21 July 2024

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  • Jack Beatson, Jack Beatsonis a former Lord Justice of Appeal and Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, University of Cambridge; and is a Visiting Professor, University of Oxford
  • Andrew BurrowsAndrew Burrowsis Professor of the Law of England and Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford and (as of June 2, 2020) he has been appointed a Justice of the UK Supreme Court.
  •  and John CartwrightJohn CartwrightEmeritus Professor of the Law of Contract, University of Oxford

Abstract

English law recognizes only two kinds of contract: the contract made by deed, and the simple contract. A contract made by deed derives its validity solely from the form in which it is expressed. A simple contract as a general rule need not be made in any special form, but requires the presence of consideration, which broadly means that something must be given in exchange for a promise. This chapter examines contracts by deed and (simple) contracts for which writing is required.

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