Assumpsit and the Doctrine of Consideration

A.W.B. Simpson

in A History of the Common Law of Contract

Published in print February 1987 | ISBN: 9780198255734
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681622 | DOI:
Assumpsit and the Doctrine of Consideration

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This chapter examines the establishment of a firm association between the action of assumpsit and the doctrine of consideration in England during the 1560s. This connection was highlighted by the setting of the requirement to aver consideration in the pleadings, and the importance of the doctrine of consideration was emphasized by the fact that at no time was any particular form of words required to count as a promise. This chapter provides examples of relevant court cases.

Keywords: action of assumpsit; doctrine of consideration; pleadings; court cases; promises

Chapter.  33987 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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