The Egyptian Salt and Soda Company Limited v The Port Said Salt Association Limited: PC 21 Apr 1931

(Egypt) Disapproving the trial judge’s reliance on ‘surrounding circumstances at the time when the memorandum was framed’, Lord Macmillan said that ‘the purpose of the memorandum is to enable shareholders, creditors and those who deal with the company to know what is its permitted range of enterprise, and for this information they are entitled to rely on the constituent documents of the company’ and that the ‘intention of the framers of the memorandum must be gathered from the language in which they have chosen to express it’.
Lord MacMillan
[1931] UKPC 47, [1931] AC 677
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