- The claimant wished to enforce a contract for a loan to the claimant
- The defendant claimed that the contract was unenforceable as the ‘senior manager’ of the bank’s local branch misrepresented that he had obtained specific authority to enter into the transaction
- Was the contract enforceable?
- A senior manager had the inherent apparent actual authority to enter into such a transaction and represent coordination with the bank’s London headquarters
- A small company could not be expected to confirm that a branch’s senior manager had authority to enter into a transaction by calling up the bank’s headquarters
- This case distinguished The Ocean Frost , with the use of a senior manager as opposed to a chartering manager, but The Ocean Frost remains as good authority on the point that an agent cannot represent his own authority; the senior manager’s authority was provided by his position in relation to the claimant