Powell v Lee (1908) 99 LT 284
In this case Powell applied for the position of headmaster. He was told by one of the school board members that he had been successful.
The board however changed its mind and appointed another person to the position.
The question for the Court was whether there a contract between Powell and the school board and if there was could Powell sue for breach of contract.
It was held that by one of the board members passing information to Powell telling him that he was the successful applicant did not amount to the acceptance of an offer either by the offeree or its authorised agent. The individual board member had acted prematurely and without authority.
Thus there was no acceptance by the board of Powell's offer and therefore no contract was ever formed and Powell had no grounds to sue for breach of contract.
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