Did you use the "out of office assistant" to notify people that you were away during the Christmas Break? Ironically that automatic reply may be proof that you received an email that, you did not in fact receive. Proof of receipt by the receiving system may be enough to show receipt by you. We are governed by both the contracts we sign but also by contract law. The contract does not stand by itself in a vacuum. Contract Law affects all of our dealings with each other. If you are entering into a contract of any kind you should see us first for a fixed fee quote. Contact Riba Business Lawyers
The problems that we can experience with email notices are an example.
There are legal problems associated with using email to make contracts and further problems are associated with issuing notices by email under a contract. Those problems relate to
- whether an email notice is a valid written notice and,
- the timing of receipt by the intended recipient. Is the email received when it is received to, the server, the computer or when the recipient reads it? Many contracts specify required time frames. If an email is used then it is essential that the time of receipt can be identified.