Email signature ruling 'cost vendor £25,000'

The email is a part of an alternate among lawyers whose clients were in dispute over the sale of some land.

In his e mail, the attorney for the proprietors set out terms, which includes a sale fee £25,000 lower than the authentic asking fee, which the alternative attorney normal.

But he then stated the phrases had now not been finalised due to the fact no paperwork have been officially signed through both parties.

The proprietors' lawyer, Daniel Tear, argued this fell beneath Section 2 (1) of the Law of Property Act of 1989, which states: "The report incorporating the phrases or, wherein contracts are exchanged, one of the documents incorporating them (but no longer always the equal one) ought to be signed by means of or on behalf of every party to the contract."

However, the decide stated Mr Tear's vehicle-signature at the lowest of the e-mail - despite the fact that no longer brought intentionally by means of him - served as a signature.

"The purported signature of the solicitor on behalf of the defendant was through 'automated' generation of his name, career, role and call info on the foot of an electronic mail," wrote Judge Pearce, at Manchester Civil Justice Centre.

He also mentioned now not all of the email correspondence from Mr Tear had covered the car-signature and said his use of the phrases "many thank you" on the cease of the email textual content confirmed "an purpose to attach the call with the contents of the email".

"I am happy that Mr Tear signed the applicable electronic mail on behalf of the defendant," Judge Pearce stated.

Mr Tear said in his defence this had now not been his aim.

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