Commentary

122 Liability to the contractor and others

BUILDING AND ENGINEERING vol 5
| Commentary

122 Liability to the contractor and others

| Commentary

122 Liability to the contractor and others

In normal circumstances there is no contractual relationship between the contract administrator and a contractor or sub-contractors. However, a contract administrator who signs a written contract (for example an order for materials) may be held personally responsible on it, even where he is known to be acting merely as an agent, unless the document itself excludes his liability1. Moreover, a contract administrator who exceeds his authority, so that his actions are not binding on the employer, may be personally liable to the contractor for breach of warranty of authority.

A contract administrator gives no

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