The doctrine of consideration ‘The doctrine of consideration has attracted much criticism on general and on particular grounds. It has been said that the doctrine is an historical accident … and that it can easily be evaded, e.g. by the device of nominal consideration. … The doctrine can also cause inconvenience where the law for some reason treats a promise as not being supported by consideration even though the parties reasonably regard it as having been made for value. This is particularly true in the existing duty cases, and in the cases on part payment of a debt.’ Edwin Peel, Treitel The Law of Contract (Sweet and Maxwell 2011) p169 In light of the above statement, and with reference to decided case law, discuss whether the continued existence of the doctrine of consideration in English contract law is justifiable.