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Mayson, French & Ryan on Company Law

Mayson, French & Ryan on Company Law (36th edn)

Derek French
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date: 31 March 2023

p. 60919. Acting for a company: agency and attributionlocked

p. 60919. Acting for a company: agency and attributionlocked

  • Derek FrenchDerek FrenchFreelance editor and writer in business and legal publishing for over 30 years


This chapter deals with the legal relationship of agency that exists between the company and the agent, explaining the process involved in an agent’s authentication and the execution of documents for the company he or she represents. It considers two ways in which a company may become contractually bound to another person (a ‘contractor’) under the provisions of the Companies Act 2006: through a written contract to which the company’s common seal is affixed, or when someone has made a contract on behalf of the company. It also discusses the company’s capacity to enter into contracts, including the ultra vires rule, and attribution by a court so as to impose criminal liability on a company. A number of court cases relevant to the discussion are cited.

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