Misrepresentation claims can be a result of a selling party, making a representation to a purchasing party knowing what they have said is false, reckless or that they do not believe what they have said to be true.
Where, for example a selling party, makes a representation to a purchasing party and the selling party knows what they have said is untrue or false statements, does not believe what they have said or ‘reckless’ as to whether what they represented was true or not, this can lead to a claim in misrepresentation.
If the seller intended for the purchaser to rely on the represented fact and the purchaser did so when making their decision to purchase, the purchaser has the right to bring a claim in fraudulent misrepresentation.
That is not always the case, they may have just made a bad commercial decision, for example, not carrying out their due diligence. However, there are several case examples where one party may have deceived the other so to make the ‘sale’.
Often fraudulent misrepresentation is used in claims where there is no contractual claim available, there is a limit on liability of the selling party or what is known as an ‘entire agreement clause’ in a contract that stops a purchasing party from makings claims for incorrect representations of fact about the sale unless they were written into a contract.
Knowing when it may be sensible or an option to bring a claim in fraudulent misrepresentation is not simple but we have experience in advising clients on these claims.
These claims also focus on the individual wrongdoer, so for example, if a company was making the sale which was misleading, but one of their directors made the false representations, it is that director that may be personally liable as well as the company. This is known as ‘piercing the corporate veil’.
Understanding this area of law comes from experience and we have been successful in managing several cases of this type to achieve a successful outcome for our clients.
This includes property purchases, acquisition of businesses (via share purchase agreements) and being duped through misrepresentations to enter into contracts which did not need to be entered into.
Key is proving what has been represented and then assessing your case from that initial starting point.
If you consider your business, organisation or yourself have been the deceived when entering into a transaction, of whatever nature, we have the experience to help.
To discover more about the world of financial crime and fraud please see our Fraud Hub.