In early January, Andrew, a computer dealer, circulated a flyer to local businesses by post and e-mail. The flyer advertised a new computer designed for business use priced £2,000 and stated that “any orders notified by the end of January will be met at the special discount price of £1,500”. However, later that month Andrew realised this discount was too generous and on January 20th posted a letter to the same businesses informing them that the discount price was no longer available. Unfortunately, a mistake at the local sorting office resulted in these letters being delivered on February 2nd.

Betty wanted a computer for £1500 and posted her order on January 30th. On Wednesday January 31st, Colin telephoned Andrew in the afternoon to place his order but no-one answered the phone – Andrew observes half-day closing on Wednesday.  Colin noticed a fax number on Andrew’s letterhead and sent an order by fax that was received subsequently on Andrew’s fax machine at 4pm. Edith sent an e-mail order on the 31st January, at 20.14, which was only received by Andrew’s computer at 02:23am the following day. The next day when Andrew opened his shop he found Betty’s letter in his letter box, Colin’s message on his fax machine, and Edith’s e-mail order.

Is Andrew obliged to supply a £1,500 computer to Betty, Colin and Edith?

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6.    The work demonstrates an understanding of relevant legal principles on agreement, with use of appropriate legal sources, where ‘use’ means citing a legal argument (from cases or statute) fully and accurately.

7.    You can retrieve, explain and apply relevant legal authority.

8.    Your work contains an introduction, which minimally identifies your client and their problem, what specific advice they want, a legal argument you intend producing to enable your client to get the legal outcome they want. Your argument should then be organised into paragraphs and a concluding paragraph should restate your answer to the question set.

9.    You can argue from claims to conclusions using appropriate legal evidence to create a persuasive argument.

10.     Your work demonstrates an understanding of relevant principles and case-law associated with the formation of a contract: viz., offer vs. Invitation to treat; communication of an acceptance by different means; and revocation of offers and the effect this has on any purported acceptance.