business and employment law
reference sources using the Oxford
Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities
FOOTNOTES Should be used to reference sources
UK case law should be used
Business & Employment Law (U21764)
This piece of coursework is worth 40% of your overall mark
Please read the following instructions before beginning your answer:-
HAND IN DATE NO LATER than 3.00pm on Friday, 8th January 2016 to Assessment Office in the Undergraduate Centre on the ground floor of Richmond Building. You will need to complete the appropriate front sheet which can be obtained from the Undergraduate Office.
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FOOTNOTES Should be used to reference sources.
REFERENCING Students must reference sources using the Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). Details of this can be found in your Handbook, on Moodle or by visiting
Students should ensure that all sources are fully cited in footnotes and in the bibliography.
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QUERIES Please ask your seminar tutor or lecturer
ASSESSMENT CRITERIA Please see the Unit Handbook.
Please read the following case study and answer the questions set out at the end
Jag was going to have a barbeque party in his garden to celebrate his 40th birthday. He discovered the gas barbeque needed more gas so he phoned the usual supplier, Ed, who said he would deliver two bottles ‘on the usual terms’ as he has just a delivery from the manufacturer. These ‘usual terms’ include at delivery Jag signing a sales form which has printed on it in large letters,
‘your bottled gas supplier is not responsible for any loss or damage caused by any products sold’.
Unfortunately, one of the gas bottles had a leak in it and when Jag lit the barbeque some leaking gas ignited shooting flames on to the garden shed causing it to catch fire and explode. Additionally, Jag’s cousin, Sabba, who was standing very close to the barbeque smoking cigarette, suffered severe burns to her upper body.
After the accident, Jag decided to sell his Range Rover. On 12 September whilst at a business conference he met Zaffa and offered to sell it to him for £25,000. Zaffa said he would think about it and get back to him. Two weeks later on 26 September Zaffa made up his mind that he did want the Range Rover so phoned Jag that day. He could not speak to him as Jag was in a client meeting. Zaffa did not want to lose the car so left this message with Jag’s assistant,
‘happy to pay £25,000, deal done, call me back today’.
Two days later as Zaffa had not heard from Jag he sent him an email repeating what he had told the assistant. Although the email arrived in Jag’s inbox, he mistook it for spam and so without opening he just deleted it. On 30 September Jag sold the car to Samantha. Zaffa is furious when he discovers what has happened.
ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS
Q.1 Assuming the signed sales form is incorporated into the contract between Jag & Ed for the sale of the two gas bottles advise Jag of its effects on his possible rights to sue Ed for the loss of his garden shed.
Q.2 Advise Sabba of her rights (do NOT consider the Consumer Protection Act 1987) (25 marks)
Q.3 Advise Zaffa of any contractual rights he may have against Jag.