As far as social agreements are concerned, there is no presumption and the case is decided exclusively in its case. However, where there is a clear contractual liability, the presumption is rebutted. In Merritt/Merritt, a separation agreement between insane spouses was enforceable. At Beswick v. Beswick, an uncle`s agreement to sell a coal delivery to his nephew was enforceable. Even at Errington v. Errington, a father`s promise to his son and daughter-in-law to live in a house (and ultimately own) if they had paid the rest of the mortgage was a one-sided contract enforceable. The evidence that there was no intent rests with the party asserting that there was no legal effect and that this is a serious effect (Edwards v Skyways, Kingswood v Anderson and Barbudev v Eurocom Cable). While individuals and small businesses, in particular, may be attracted to the idea of an informal agreement (perhaps on the basis of a handshake or a gentleman`s agreement), such an informal agreement could be dangerous. This is especially true when the agreement is reached in an environment that does not lend itself to normal trade negotiations. For parties wishing to enter into a binding legal agreement, it is essential that they properly write the conditions so that there can be no disagreement as to the intention of the parties.
Following the High Court decision, Mr. Justice Leggatt dismissed Mr. Blue`s complaint. This was done on the basis that the parties did not intend that Mr. Ashley would be legally bound by his somewhat extravagant promise to Mr. Blue. The judge made a number of observations; Most importantly, a drinking night at the pub was an unlikely setting for formal negotiations. In addition, Mr. Blue did not have the authority to meet the objective of raising the share price above $8. Finally, it would certainly not have been the nature of Mr.
Ashley to make such a promise. In an ordinary economic context, it is not normally necessary to show that the parties to an explicit agreement did intend to establish legal relationships. Without evidence to the contrary, it is considered that the parties had such an intention.