Henderson & Co v Williams

Henderson & Co v Williams [1895] 1 QB 521

This is an authority for estoppel by representation.


D, owner of goods at a warehouse, was induced by F's fraud to instruct the warehouseman ('W') to transfer the goods to F. F then sold the goods to an bona fide purchaser ('P'). W then stated to P that he was holding the goods at P's order. When F's fraud was discovered, W refused to deliver the goods to P. P sued.


W, having formally acknowledged the transfer of title to P, was estopped from impeaching P's title. W's refusal to deliver was a conversion. Damages were assessed as the market value of the goods at the date of the refusal to deliver.

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