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There is no general requirement that a contract be in writing – a contract may be made orally or by conduct. The most important exception to this general principle is contained in section 2(1) of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989.

The Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989, s 2(1)

‘A contract for the sale or other disposition of an interest in land can only be made in writing and only by incorporating all the terms which the parties have expressly agreed in one document or, where contracts are exchanged, in each.’

The effect of non-compliance with s 2 is that the contract is void.

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