Validity of Contract for the Sale of Land: Marlbray Ltd v Laditi [2016] EWCA Civ 476


The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment in Marlbray Ltd v Laditi [2016] EWCA Civ 476. In that case, a contract for the sale of land which named a husband and wife as the purchaser, but was entered into without the wife’s consent and signed only by the husband, was not invalid even though the husband had had no authority to contract on the wife’s behalf. In the absence of ratification by her, and of any indication that the husband had executed the contract conditional upon her being a joint purchaser, the contract remained binding on him alone.

Romie Tager Q.C. and Henry Webb appeared for the successful appellants.