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Panorama Developments V Fidelis Furnishing Fabrics [1971]

Facts

  • A company secretary caused the company to receive a large bill for the use of a car for business purposes

Issue

  • Did the secretary have the required authority to enter into the transaction involving the car?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • Apparent authority; the role of secretaries in companies has changed over time: they are no longer mere clerks and may sign contracts on a company’s behalf
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