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(p. 79) 3. Form
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Jack Beatson

, Andrew Burrows

, and John Cartwright

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198734789.003.0003
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date: 19 April 2021

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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