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Beware the ghost in the machine

Ben Brayford and Hannah Kramer consider a recent case involving Gordon Ramsay's personal liability under a guarantee executed by a 'signature machine'

11 March 2015

A recent case involving Gordon Ramsay's personal liability under a guarantee made media headlines, but also raised interesting questions of procedure for practitioners when checking that documents have been duly executed

Executed guarantees

The High Court found Ramsay liable under a personal guarantee for the lease of the York and Albany gastropub, of which his company, Gordon Ramsay Holdings International Limited, is the tenant.

Although Ramsay’s witnessed signature appears on the agreement for lease and the lease, he sought a declaration that he was not bound by it on the basis that he had not signed the document personally. Rather, Ramsay claimed that his father-in-law, who was CEO of the business at the time, had placed his signature on the documents using a ‘ghost writer’ signature machine without his authority.

However, Mr Justice Morgan dismissed Ra...

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