Why Is Intention to Create Legal Relations Important

Social relations: In the case of industrial relations, the courts do not assume the intention to create a legal relationship. There is a firm presumption that a trade agreement is intended to be legally binding, especially if the parties expect to gain a benefit. Arguing against this assumption can be difficult. The courts are currently conducting an objective review to determine whether there is an intention to establish legal relationships. This approach has recently been clarified as „an examination of what has been communicated between them by words or behaviour, and whether this objectively leads to the conclusion that they intended to create legal relationships and whether they had agreed on any conditions they considered essential to the formation of legally binding relationships or that the law required” (Lord Clarke, RTS Flexible Systems Ltd v Molkerei Alois Müller GmbH & Co KG [2010] UKSC 14, paragraph 45). The advantages of an objective test are that it creates legal certainty and is based on concrete evidence. If the words „and are not subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the United States or England” are „hidden in blue”, the rest becomes legally acceptable while remaining true to the intended meaning. The intention to establish legal relations indicates the intention of the parties to conclude a legally binding agreement. This shows that the parties are willing to accept the legal consequences of the agreement, which means that they are serious.

The Court emphasized the presumption that family agreements are generally based on mutual trust and affection, with no intention of establishing legal relationships. Here, the terms of the agreement were very vague, it was an informal agreement and Ms. Padvatton`s occupation depended on her bar exams, but six years had passed since then and she had still not managed to pass it. With respect to these facts, it was concluded that there was no evidence of intent to create legal relationships, so the agreement was legally unenforceable and Ms. Jones was granted ownership of the house. This case showed that the court had closely examined the full extent of the interactions between the parties in order to determine whether the presumption could be rebutted. In 1919, in Balfour v Balfour[3] (where a husband promised his wife to pay alimony while working in Ceylon), Lord Atkin argued that there was no „intention to be legally bound” even if the wife depended on payments. The judge noted that agreements between spouses would generally not be legally enforceable: the intention to create legal relationships was established as an essential element in the formation of a contract, among other elements such as agreement, security and consideration.

It is considered necessary because it shows the willingness of the parties to conclude a legally binding agreement. In current law, it is clear that the intention to establish legal relationships must be determined objectively. Recently, Lord Bingham asserted in Edmonds v Lawson [2000] EWCA Civ 69: The essential aspects that determine the concept of intent are: Contrary to intuition, the best way to know if the parties wanted to enter into a contract is not to ask them, because this „subjective test” would give the villain an easy escape to avoid liability. (He replied, „No! I didn`t intend to be bound. Instead, as in Carlill v. Carbolic Smoke Ball Company,[1] the court applies the „objective test” and considers whether, after considering all the circumstances of the case, the reasonable viewer considers that the parties intended to be related. [b] Given that the advertisement (pictured) stated that the company „had deposited £1,000 in Alliance Bank to show its sincerity in the case”, the court ruled that any objective viewer reading this would suspect the intention to contract. This article was written by Akash Krishnan, a student at ICFAI Law School, Hyderabad. It examines in detail the importance of intent in the formation of legally binding contracts. In its simplest form, the intention to create legal relationships means that the parties must intend to enter into a legally binding agreement in which the rights and obligations of the agreement are enforceable.

As simple as it may seem, the question of whether the parties to the negotiations intended to establish legal relations is very sensitive to the facts. It is relatively certain that representatives of a company who meet in a formal business scenario to negotiate a contract intend to create legal relationships. .