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* Final and unqualified assent
Only can be accepted by the person or persons to whom the offer has
been made
o unless circumstances say otherwise
o unilateral contract
SS? first person to respond
All that can be accepted is what was offered
o terms can't be modified
Acceptance must be in response to and as a result of the offer
o Crown v Clarke
SS? can only claim the 'reward' if you are accepting the offer
SS? must know about it/ be a response to an offer
Counter offer is NOT acceptance
o Hyde v Wrench
Standard forms
o "battle of the forms"
SS? Butler Machine Tool Co Ltd v Ex--Cell--O--Corp (England) Ltd
SS? terms of the buyer different to the terms of the seller * accepted as a counter offer not original terms
To be valid, the offeree must not only agree with the terms proposed by
the offeror but acceptance must be unqualified
o sometimes it is conditional
SS? "Terms and Conditions" Conditional Acceptance: * Is there finality?
o "subject to contract"
SS? Master v Cameron
SS? High Court of Australia -- 3 possibilities

1. reached final agreement
a. terms set out more precisely

2. reached final agreement
a. defer performance

3. reached final agreement
a. second formal contract is required -- CONDITIONAL
o "subject to finance"
SS? purchaser must take all steps reasonably necessary to get
financial approval
SS? finance satisfactory is a decision made by the seller


ACCEPTANCE MUST BE COMMUNICATED! * Acceptance is only effective when communication has been received
o offeror can stipulate the way acceptance should be communicated * "only method"
o acceptance must be made in this way * "specify a method but don't say it's the only method"
o acceptance is accepted if it is advantageous to the offeror * "no method"
o acceptance in the same form as the offer was given * "acceptance by conduct"
o infer acceptance from conduct
SS? Empirnall Holding v Machon Paul Partners * "acceptance by silence"
SS? Felthouse v Bindley
SS? Australian Consumer Law
s40 - Assertion of right to payment for unsolicited goods or
1) A person must not, in trade or commerce, assert a right
to payment from another person for unsolicited goods
unless the person has reasonable cause to believe that there
is a right to the payment.
S41 -- Liability etc. of recipient for unsolicited goods,
1) If a person, in trade or commerce, supplies unsolicited
goods to another person, the other person :
(a) is not liable to make any payment for the goods; and
(b) is not liable for loss of or damage to the goods, other
than loss or damage resulting from the other person doing
a wilful and unlawful act in relation to the goods during the
recovery period.

Postal Rule * acceptance arises as soon as the letter is properly posted NOT when it is
o Adams v Lindsell * parties must have contemplated post would be means of communication
o Henthorn v Fraser * EXCEPTIONS
o offeror stipulated actual receipt of acceptance letter
SS? Bressan v Squires
o circumstances of case -- where negotiations are complex and highly
SS? Tallerman v Nathan's Merchandise


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