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Holwell Securities v Hughes [1974]


  • Hughes offered Holwell Securities at £45,000 option on his house, requiring “notice in writing” of acceptance
  • Holwell Securities posted a letter of acceptance before the deadline, which was received after the deadline


  • Did the postal rule apply to such a case


  • No


  • The postal rule can be ousted by the requirement of “notice in writing” or where it would lead to “manifest inconvenience or absurdity”
  • In this case, notice in writing was required
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