Land law

Bob Rogers viewed Susan Day’s house, 7 Clover Road, Leamington (the house) on 27th July 2018. The house had been on the market for £210,000. Bob liked the house and before leaving the house he made an offer of £200,000, which Susan accepted. They also agreed that certain chattels would be included in the price of
£200,000. Susan listed these items on a piece of paper, which they both signed. An exchange of letters, which is set out below, then followed between Susan and Bob:

1 August 2018 Dear Bob
7 Clover Road Leamington

As we discussed when you viewed my house, on 27 July last week, I confirm that I will sell my house to you at the price of £200,000, to include the chattels that we discussed and listed.
Signed Susan Day

7 August 2018 Dear Susan
7 Clover Road Leamington

Thank you for your letter dated 1 August 2018, confirming our discussions when I viewed your house. I am still happy to proceed on this basis.
Bob Rogers

15 August 2018 Dear Bob
7 Clover Road Leamington

I attach to this letter the list of chattels, we drew up on 27 July, which we agreed would be included in the sale of my house to you.
Signed Susan Day

27 July 2018

List of Chattels to be included in sale of 7 Clover Road Leamington:

Blue leather John Lewis armchair Oak oval dining table
8 oak dining chairs Signed Signed
Susan Day Bob Rogers

A month elapsed since the date of Susan’s last letter to Bob, dated 15th August 2018, in which she had enclosed the list of chattels they had compiled and signed on 27th July 2018. She therefore telephoned him and he said he was no longer interested in the purchase of Susan’s house and that in any case they did not have a binding contract.

With full reference and analysis of the relevant law, advise as to whether there is a valid and enforceable contract between Susan and Bob. Your answer should include an explanation of what you would have done to ensure you had written a valid and enforceable contract, if you had been acting for Susan.

Presentation instructions
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(d) Course work must be submitted in word-processed form, double-spaced, size 12 font and correctly paginated.

(e) Standard referencing guidelines must be followed – these can be found in the Course Guide.

Assessment criteria

This assessment seeks to assess the following module outcomes:

(a) This assessment seeks to assess the following areas of knowledge and understanding:

(i) contracts relating to land;

(b) This assessment seeks to assess the following legal skills:
(i) Basic researching of primary sources
(ii) Persuasive and cogent argument
(iii) Confidence in dealing with the technicalities of the substantive land law

(c) This assessment seeks to assess the following transferable and practical skills:

(i) ability to analyse a question and determine relevant issues;
(ii) ability to communicate an argument;
(iii) ability to distinguish between legally relevant and irrelevant factors
(iv) ability to communicate effectively in writing;
(v) ability to prepare a word-processed document.

(d) Credit will be awarded for this assessment based on the following criteria:
(i) ability to identify relevant issues;
(ii) ability to apply the relevant law to those issues;
(iii) Conceptual understanding and analysis of relevant issues;
(iv) relevant reading effectively incorporated by appropriate quotation or references; knowledge and discussion of alternative views
(v) clarity and structure of argument; reasoned conclusion;
(vi) presentation.






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