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Bolton Partners v Lambert (1889)

Facts

  • The claimant’s agent concluded a contract of sale by accepting the defendant’s offer
  • The defendant revoked the offer, refusing to sell
  • The claimant (principal) purported to ratify the acceptance

Issue

  • Was the claimant entitled to specific performance?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • Revocation of offer inoperative as ratification creates antecedent authority
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