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The Agreement Is Silent

1. It must be appropriate and fair; (2) It must be necessary to confer commercial validity on the contract in order to avoid any clause if the contract enters into force in the absence of the contract; (3) It must be sufficiently obvious that “this is self-evident”; (4) it must be able to find a clear expression; (5) It must not object to an express clause. A recent example of Pernod named Lion distributor of certain wine brands from November 1, 2010. The distribution contract was only concluded until the sale of these brands to Lion was counted on December 22, 2010. At the same time, Pernod sold wine production facilities to Indevin, which, after the count, was to deliver mass wines to Lion. “This agreement and all disputes, controversies, proceedings or claims of any kind arising from this agreement or its origin (including non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law and are interpreted accordingly.” So if an oral agreement – perhaps interrupted by a simple handshake – can constitute a legally binding contract, what about silence after an offer? We examine the legal nuances of this issue below. Therefore, in the development of the applicable law clause, it is worth considering whether it should be limited to the agreement itself or whether it should be extended to cover all other non-contractual obligations related to the contract.7 There is currently no clear authority as to the effectiveness of such a clause under English law in determining the law governing the non-contractual obligations of the parties. In the light of Rome II, this position has changed. It was customary for the parties to keep the contract on the duration of the contract silent and that the issue before the High Court was whether the agreement had a tacit clause, implied or implied, whether the agreement was entered into by both parties at an appropriate announcement or that it was properly interpreted, the agreement could be terminated within a reasonable period of time. The High Court found that the contract was not without notice and that there was therefore reason to fear that the applicant could be permanently bound. The parties agree to remain silent on the existing legislation.

Acceptance generally cannot remain silent. This rule dates back to England when a person wrote to a horse dealer that if he did not listen to the horse dealer, he would expect the horse to make his horse. The English courts did not believe that silence could show that there was mutual agreement and therefore decided that a contract would only exist if there was a positive agreement from the party receiving an offer. The problems encountered in this regard are highlighted by Mr. Justice Mann`s comments in the case of Apple Corps Ltd -v- Apple Computer Inc.2. Mr. Justice Mann stated that in Halpern -v- Halpern,6, there was no explicit choice of law, but one of the parties argued that the agreement was governed by Jewish law. The Court of Appeal rejected this argument: a country`s right is necessary.

About David Hayden

Restaurant industry professional helping small restaurants with their training, operations, and marketing needs. Author of Tips2: Tips For Increasing Your Tips and Building Your Brand With Facebook. You can also visit my other websites and blogs at: http://www.tips2book.com http://www.restaurant-marketing-plan.com http://www.themanagersoffice.com http://www.tipssquared.com http://www.foodieknowledge.com http://www.restaurantlaughs.com http://www.tipsfortips.wordpress.com


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