Contract Law

There are 2 formal assignments during the course. Together they comprise 30% of the final marks and they are due to be submitted via Moodle by

13:30 on Friday 19th February and 13:30 on Friday 25th March. No extensions will be granted without a good reason and written proof is

required, e.g. a doctors certificate. Please refer to the School of Management student guidelines for further information on extension requests

and late submissions.

Each assignment will be in the form of a problem question or questions. You are asked to have a practical rather than academic approach, with

extra marks being awarded for consideration of factors outside the specific problem e.g. whether it is worth suing, tactics etc.

Collaboration on assignments is not permitted on this course. All work should be undertaken individually. Any assignment showing evidence of

collaboration will be given zero, and the student’s department informed.

There is a word limit of 2,500 words for each assignment, which is strictly enforced. Marks will not be deducted for work going over the limit,

but only the first 2,500 words will be assessed.

Scripts will be marked within 2 – 3 weeks of being submitted, and will be marked in accordance with the following criteria.

Assignment Criteria

1. Clear and succinct writing, structure and presentation, including an introduction and conclusion.

2. Identification and understanding of the relevant law

3. Ability to apply the law to the facts, without straying into unnecessary detail.

4. Evidence of good research, and correct citation of legislation, case law and textbooks.

5. Overall value of the report to the company.

Mr and Mrs Jones have booked a double room for 3 nights at £100 per night in The Beach Hotel in Brighton. Before they booked the room online,

they emailed the hotel to ask if the room was quiet, saying it was very important to them. The Manager of the hotel, Basil, emailed back,

assuring them that yes, the room was very quiet.

When they arrived, they saw behind the counter a sign saying “Guests are advised to put their valuables in the hotel safe. No liability can be

accepted for loss of valuables, howsoever caused.” This clause was also in the hotel’s terms and conditions, which could have been viewed at the

time of booking by the couple, but were not.

Unfortunately, the couple had jewellery worth £1,000 stolen from their room whilst they were out on their first day. Also, they were kept awake

all night by noise, as the room was next to the service elevator. They approached Basil, and said they were going to cancel their remaining 2

nights’ booking, they demanded a full refund of £300, and also said they were going to sue for the loss of their jewellery.

Advise Basil on the legal situation, including what claim(s) could be brought against him, their chances of success, and recommendations for