De Lassalle v Guildford: CA 1901

The court was asked whether a representation amounts to a warranty or not.
Held: AL Smith MR said: ‘In determining whether it was so intended, a decisive test is whether the vendor assumes to assert a fact of which the buyer is ignorant, or merely states an opinion or judgment upon a matter of which the vendor has no special knowledge, and on which the buyer may be expected also to have an opinion and to exercise his judgment.’


AL Smith MR


[1901] 2 KB 215


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedRecord v Bell ChD 21-Dec-1990
Contracts for the sale of a house were about to be exchanged but office copy entries of the vendor’s title at the Land Registry had not yet been supplied. The solicitors agreed that contracts would be exchanged on the basis of a warranty that office . .
CriticisedHeilbut Symons and Co v Buckleton HL 11-Nov-1912
In an action of damages for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty, the plaintiff founded on a conversation between himself and the defendants’ representative. In this conversation the plaintiff said-‘I understand that you are bringing . .
CitedJones and Another v Forest Fencing Limited CA 21-Nov-2001
The sellers of and disputed an order as to whether electrical equipment at the site hd been included in the contract.
Held: ‘the answer to the question ‘what meaning should be given to the words used in the memorandum’ cannot, I think, be a . .
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Updated: 01 May 2022; Ref: scu.252312