Acceptance of contracts

For a contract to be legally binding there must be clear acceptance of the contract and an intention to be legally bound. The three elements of a valid contract-offer, acceptance and consideration -must be present. Unless it is shown that there was an acceptance of an...

Assigning a contract

A contract is assigned when one of the parties transfers their rights and obligations under the contract to another. For the assignment of a contract to be effective however the other party to the contract must be informed and agree. Contracts are usually assigned in...

Bailiff powers – what are bailiffs allowed to do

The powers of bailiffs and what they are allowed to do by law depends upon the type of bailiff. There are however some general rules which apply to all bailiffs. You must receive notice of their intention to call at least 7 days beforehand. So do not leave doors and...

The different types of bailiffs

Bailiffs can either be appointed by the court or be civilians employed by debt collection firms. These different types of bailiffs collect different types of debts and have different powers according to the type of debt being collected. County Court bailiffs are...

Tips for a successful mediation

Mediation is all about the parties to a dispute working together with the help of a neutral mediator to find an acceptable solution to the matters in dispute. If the mediation is to succeed there are a number of rules which should be born in mind. 1. Mediation is not...

Complaints against the police

The police are given special powers so that they might better carry out their duties. However, if they exceed these powers, their actions could well be illegal and give rise to a claim in either the civil or criminal courts. Alongside the special powers given to the...