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Koenisblatt v Sweet (1923)

Facts

  • A vendor’s solicitor altered the principal’s contract of sale to match the purchaser’s copy
  • A solicitor is not usually authorised to do this, but his principal confirmed the alteration

Issue

  • Could the act be ratified? Was it effective?

Decision

  • Yes, yes

Reasoning

  • Effective ratification is equivalent to an agent obtaining antecedent authority
  • The ratification was acknowledged
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