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Case law: Business legally bound by contract with supplier, even though employee who negotiated it had no authority to do so


Businesses should ensure that employees – particularly those with titles such as ‘Buyer’ that imply they are authorised to negotiate and conclude contracts with suppliers – are aware of the limitations on their authority to do so, and the procedures they must follow. Otherwise a business risks being bound by contracts the employee did not have authority to make - including those made by email.

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Useful links

Contract law in Europe (Business Link)
Guide to contracts in the European single market, the validity of contracts in Europe, interpretation of terms in European contracts and other topics.

Drafting contracts: key lessons from 2018
An annual contract law update from Herbert Smith Freehills, looking at interesting contract law cases which have highlighted key points for those involved in drafting or managing contracts.

Guidance on the law applicable to contractual obligations (Ministry of Justice)
The Rome I Regulation governs the choice of law in cross-border transactions within the European Union. It applies to all EU member states except Denmark.

CMA consumer enforcement guidance
Collection of guidance on consumer protection and unfair terms from the Competition and Markets Authority, some of which was originally published by the Office of Fair Trading.

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

Drafting commercial agreements
(Law Society, 2018)
Contains sample contract clauses, definitions and terms relevant to drafting agreements.

Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts
(Bloomsbury Professional, 2016)
Guide to drafting and interpreting commercial contracts. Provides a background to and detailed advice on the law surrounding a wide range of commercial agreements.

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