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JC Smith's The Law of Contract

JC Smith's The Law of Contract (3rd edn)

Paul S. Davies
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date: 12 June 2024

p. 23516. Misrepresentationlocked

p. 23516. Misrepresentationlocked

  • Paul S. Davies


This chapter discusses misrepresentation in contract law. Misrepresentation is a statement of fact or law which is false, that induces a party to enter into the contract. A misrepresentation may be made by words or by conduct. All misrepresentations entitle the misrepresentee to rescind the contract. However, rescission will be barred where it is impossible to put the parties back into their original position; or where the misrepresentee has affirmed the contract; or where a long period of time has elapsed; or where a third party who has acquired rights for value in good faith would be disadvantaged by rescission. Damages are available at common law for the tort of deceit or for negligent misrepresentation. Most claims for damages are now made under section 2(1) of the Misrepresentation Act 1967.

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