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(p. 46) 3. Enforceability criteria 

(p. 46) 3. Enforceability criteria
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(p. 46) 3. Enforceability criteria
Author(s):

Jill Poole

, James Devenney

, and Adam Shaw-Mellors

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198803850.003.0003
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date: 19 August 2019

Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. This chapter examines the question of whether the promises contained in the agreement are enforceable so that there is a legally binding contract in place (formation). It considers the parties’ intention to be legally bound and the need to establish that the promises are part of a bargain. The same bargain requirement applies to alteration promises, although the treatment of alteration promises is not as strict. It is possible for freely made alteration promises to be enforceable when not ‘paid for’ with another promise or action, e.g. by means of the doctrine of promissory estoppel. Promises obtained by threats or extortion may be voidable for duress.

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