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Daulia v Four Millbank Nominees Ltd

[1978] Ch 231

Case summary last updated at 03/01/2020 14:51 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Daulia v Four Millbank Nominees Ltd

In this case potential purchasers alleged that they were told that if they could produce a bank draft for a certain amount of money by 10 am the following day, they could buy a property. When the plaintiffs tried to hand over the draft before the deadline the defendants changed their minds and duly refused to accept the draft or complete the deal. CA said that there was not enough evidence to substantiate the claim that there was an “oral contract”- technicalities. However Lord Goff said “On the true view of a unilateral contract there must be an implied obligation on the part of the offeror not to prevent the condition becoming satisfied, which obligation must arise as soon as the offeree starts to perform, after which it is too late for the offeror to revoke his offer”. 

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