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(p. 269) 7. Unenforceable Contracts 

(p. 269) 7. Unenforceable Contracts
(p. 269) 7. Unenforceable Contracts

M P Furmston

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date: 22 February 2020

This chapter and the next five chapters deal with cases where what looks like a contract turns out to be in someway defective. The ‘unenforceable contract’ resulted from procedural rather than substantive law. The origin of this position can be found in the passage, as long ago as 1677, of the Statute of Frauds. This chapter, which examines the history of this statute and its surviving effects in the modern law, discusses the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989; other rules about form; and the law on writing, signature, and electronic commerce.

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