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A contract is a voluntary arrangement between two or more parties that is enforceable by law as a binding legal agreement. Contract is a branch of the law of obligations in jurisdictions of the civil law tradition. Contract law concerns the rights and duties that arise from agreements. A contract arises when the parties agree that there is an agreement. Formation of a contract generally requires an offer, acceptance, consideration, and a mutual intent to be bound.
Each party to a contract must have capacity to enter the agreement. At common law, the elements of a contract are offer, acceptance, intention to create legal relations, and consideration. Not all agreements are necessarily contractual, as the parties generally must be deemed to have an intention to be legally bound. A so-called gentlemen’s agreement is one which is not intended to be legally enforceable, and which is “binding in honour only”.
This is typically reached through offer and an acceptance which does not vary the offer’s terms, which is known as the “mirror image rule”. An offer is a definite statement of the offeror’s willingness to be bound should certain conditions be met. Contracts may be bilateral or unilateral. A bilateral contract is an agreement in which each of the parties to the contract makes a promise or set of promises to each other.