Explain and illustrate the rules regarding communication of the acceptance of an offer.

There are a number of rules of which we need to be aware in the context of acceptance of an offer.

Grade: A-C | £3.99.

This essay looks in detail at the rules regarding the:

  • method of acceptance of an offer;
  • ways in which acceptance can be made;

  • effect of the term 'acceptance subject to contract';

  • and finally the position in the event of acceptance being required by post and instantaneous forms of communication.

Cases discussed include:

Powell v Lee (1908);

Felthouse v Bindley (1863);

Brogden v Metropolitan Railway Co (1877);

Day Morris Associates v Voyce (2003);

Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Co Ltd (1893);

Eccles v Bryant and Pollock (1948);

Branca v Cobarro (1947);

Jirehouse Capital & Others v Beller & Anor (2009);

Household Fire Insurance Co v Grant (1879);

Adams v Lindsell (1818);

Entores v Miles Far East Corporation (1955);

and Brinkibon v Stahag Stahl;

The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 and  The Electronic Commerce Regulations 2002 are also mentioned.


As always the essay lends itself to further research and development according to individual needs.


(Word Count 2060)


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