Facts and Judgment
Re McArdle (1951) Ch 669 Court of Appeal
Majorie McArdle carried out certain improvements and repairs on a bungalow. The bungalow formed part of the estate of her husband's father who had died leaving the property to his wife for life and then on trust for Majorie's husband and his four siblings. After the work had been carried out the brothers and sisters signed a document stating in consideration of you carrying out the repairs we agree that the executors pay you £480 from the proceeds of sale. However, the payment was never made.
The promise to make payment came after the consideration had been performed therefore the promise to make payment was not binding. Past consideration is not valid. Back to lecture outline on consideration in contract law