Watson-Towers Ltd v McPhail: 1986

The pursuer submitted a motion for summary judgment for the value of goods which had been supplied subject to a reservation of title clause. The pursuer’s evidence consisted of a letter from the defender making an offer expressed to be without prejudice but which attached a schedule listing the goods in its possession.
Held: The schedule was admissible because it was, on the true construction of the letter, not a ‘hypothetical admission or concession for the purpose of securing a settlement’ but a statement of fact.


Lord Wylie


1986 SLT 617

Cited by:

FollowedDaks Simpson Group plc v Kuiper 1994
The creditor sought summary judgment for an account for commissions earned. In a ‘without prejudice’ letter the defendant’s director said that he was prepared to accept that he had received such commissions in stated amounts.
Held: Lord . .
CitedBradford and Bingley Plc v Rashid HL 12-Jul-2006
Disapplication of Without Prejudice Rules
The House was asked whether a letter sent during without prejudice negotiations which acknowledged a debt was admissible to restart the limitation period. An advice centre, acting for the borrower had written, in answer to a claim by the lender for . .
Lists of cited by and citing cases may be incomplete.

Scotland, Contract, Limitation

Updated: 17 May 2022; Ref: scu.243123