Farrer and Another v Messrs Copley Singletons (Formerly Known As Messrs Gowan and Singleton) (a Firm): CA 17 Jul 1997

Four clients together instructed the solicitor to act in the purchase of land. It was agreed to be urgent. One client gave instructions that the solicitor need not undertake the searches he would normally undertake. He acted upon them.
Held: The solicitor was liable in negligence. The instructions were to not be treated as the instructions of all four clients.


[1997] EWCA Civ 2127, [1998] PNLR 22, (1998) 76 P and CR 169, [1997] NPC 113




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AppliedArmagas Ltd v Mundogas SA (‘The Ocean Frost’) HL 22-May-1985
Ostensible authority creates estoppel
Apparent authority as agent can arise where an employer by words or conduct has represented that his employee, who has purported to act on behalf of the employer, is authorised to do what he is purporting to do. Ostensible authority depends on a . .
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