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Hartog v Colin & Shields

[1939] 3 All ER 566

Case summary last updated at 02/01/2020 16:35 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Hartog v Colin & Shields

D mistakenly offered to sell P objects at a price per pound per pound when they had meant to offer them at a price per piece and P tried to enforce the mistakenly made offer. Singleton J held that since P must have known that the price was mistaken, he could not insist on the offer. 

Singleton J: A party cannot accept and seek to take advantage from an offer which he must have known to be mistaken i.e. a “snapping up” case. The mistake must be “material”. 

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