My question involves business law in the state of: contract law.
did a contract exist?
if so, what action could robert take to recover the 20 pounds?
Tony wished to build a greenhouse in his back garden, and needed to mix concrete for the foundations. By chance, he met Robert, a builder whom he knew socially, and asked him if he could have a cement mixer for the weekend. Robert said: ‘I think it will be alright, but ask at the yard office first.’
Early on Saturday morning, Tony went to Robert’s yard. Finding the yard open but the office unattended, he left a note to say he had taken a cement mixer, and would return it first thing on Monday morning.
On the Monday morning Tony returned the cement mixer to Robert’s yard. In Wednesday’s post Tony received from Robert a form headed ‘Hire Agreement’ which set out the weekend hire charge for the cement mixer, amounting to £50.
Tony wrote enclosing a cheque for £30 which he described as being ‘ ... in complete satisfaction of your claim’. Robert cashed the cheque but has written to Tony threatening to start ‘small claims proceedings’ in the county court for the difference.