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(p. 118) 6. The formation of the contract 

(p. 118) 6. The formation of the contract
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(p. 118) 6. The formation of the contract
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Lee Roach

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10.1093/he/9780198748380.003.0006
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date: 18 September 2019

This chapter examines the legal requirements relating to the formation of a contract. It discusses the five essential elements of a contract, namely offer, acceptance (offer and acceptance are collectively referred to as ‘agreement’), certainty, consideration, and the intention to create legal relations. It analyses these individual requirements in detail and considers the courts’ approach in determining whether an enforceable contract is present or not. This chapter also explains the principles of different types of contracts, namely the distinction between bilateral and unilateral contracts, and how the normal rules of contractual formation are modified in the cases involving unilateral contracts.

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