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Adams v Lindsell [1818]

This case established “the postal rule” in English contract law.


  • The offeror sent an offer by post, which was misdirected
  • The offeree replied in good time after receiving the offer
  • The offeror ‘received the reply too late’ and said a contract was not made


  • When is a postal contract made


  • At the time of posting


  • As an exception to the general rule of acceptance in contracts, contracts accepted by post are formed when the letter of acceptance is posted
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