Brief of Ramsgate Victoria Hotel v. Montefiore

Brief of Ramsgate Victoria Hotel v. Montefiore by Legum

Ramsgate Victoria Hotel v Montefiore (1866) LR 1 Ex 109

Material Facts:

The defendant, Mr Montefiore, offered to purchase shares in the claimant’s company. The claimant only responded and accepted the defendant’s offer after 6 months, at which time the value of the shares had fallen. The defendant refused to go through with the purchase even though he had not withdrawn the offer.


1. Whether or not the offer from Montefiore was still available for acceptance six months after it was made.


1. The offer was no longer open for acceptance after six months.

Ratio Decidendi:

The court ruled that a reasonable period of time had passed after the offer was made and could no longer be accepted. The court ruled that an offer must be accepted within a reasonable time for the acceptance to be valid. What constitutes reasonable time would depend on the case.