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Minors are clearly in need of protection in the formation of a contract but not at the expense of fair-minded adults with whom they may be dealing How far does the law of contract support this view A minor is a person under the age of 18 although in 1969 before the Family Law Reform act was passed a person under the age of 21 was classed as an infant The Family Law Reform act lowered the age to 18 and introduced the term minor A minors capacity to contract is very much restricted but if there was no protection at all for minors then it would be seen that the law is too harsh on young people Considering at 16 a minor can get married have children and get a job it seems strange that the age has not been brought down further to 16 instead of 18 as the Law Commission suggested in 1982The aim of this age limit is to protect minors from their own inexperience and perhaps from unwise transactions whilst not being too harsh on any adult dealing with a minor In the case of Nash v Inman 1908 a Cambridge university graduate ordered eleven fancy waistcoats from a Savile Row tailor He did not pay for them relying on the fact that he was not of full capacity As waistcoats were normal student clothing at Cambridge they were classed as necessaries meaning that a contract did exist between Inman and Nash However the father of the university graduate had already bought him a substantial amount of clothing including waistcoats so the additional ones he ordered were not necessary at all The law protected the student very well but was incredible harsh on the tailor who after all of that received nothing at all There is a great difference in the experiences of various young people In a case where a minor had knowingly taken advantage
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