Where the contractor agrees to carry out work without more but in the expectation of payment, the employer must pay a reasonable sum in respect of the work done1. To obtain a fixed price for the work, an employer will often seek estimates or tenders from contractors. Choice of name is immaterial; there is no custom that a document headed 'quotation' or 'estimate' or even 'budget price' should not be treated as an offer2.
The conduct of contractor and employer
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