Blue v Ashley (Judgment): ComC 26 Jul 2017

The parties disputed the existence of an oral agreement by a businessman to pay a sum of millions of pounds in certain circumstances to a business acquaintance with whom he was then drinking in a public house.
Held: The claim failed: ‘no reasonable person present in the Horse and Groom on 24 January 2013 would have thought that the offer to pay Mr Blue pounds 15 million was serious and was intended to create a contract, and no one who was actually present in the Horse and Groom that evening – including Mr Blue – did in fact think so at the time. They all thought it was a joke. The fact that Mr Blue has since convinced himself that the offer was a serious one, and that a legally binding agreement was made, shows only that the human capacity for wishful thinking knows few bounds.’
Legatt J
[2017] EWHC 1928 (Comm)
England and Wales
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Testing for Mutual Wills
The parties disputed whether wills were mutual. The claimants challenged the probate granted to a later will of their deceased mother, saying that her earlier will had been mutual and irrevocable after the death of their father.
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Updated: 27 September 2021; Ref: scu.593143