Summary of Great Northern Railway Company v Swaffield case

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Great Northern Railway Company v Swaffield

Summary of Facts: Where as a result of delays not responsible by the railway company, the horse could not be delivered to its consignees as agreed. This prompted the company to keep the horses with a stable keeper and consequently paid the stable keeper’s charges.

Judgment: It was held that the defendants were liable to pay the plaintiff’s incurred expenses. Although, the company had no express or implied authority to incur such charges, it had acted in an emergency as an agent of necessity.

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