Simple contract

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A simple contract is any contract (see: Contract) other than a Contract of Record (see: Contract of record) or a contract by deed (see: Contract by deed). A simple contract that is written and validated by signature is sometimes called a 'contract under hand'. However, many contracts are formed without such signature, by established practise. For example, a contract is formed when a purchase is made from a shop, or a railway ticket purchased.

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