Anglo Petroleum Ltd and Another v TFB (Mortgages) Ltd: CA 16 May 2007

Challenge to validity of mortgages executed by company – allegation that funds used for financial assistance in purchase of own shares – effect on loan.
Toulson LJ approved the case of Waugh v Morris, saying: ‘130 years later, this statement of the law has added importance because of the explosion in the number of statutory regulations of one kind or another under English and European law.’


Mummery, Smith, Toulson LJJ


[2007] EWCA Civ 456




Companies Act 1985 151


England and Wales


ApprovedWaugh v Morris 1873
Defence of Illegality of contract failed
Under a voyage charterparty, for a voyage from Trouville to London, pressed hay was to be loaded at Trouville and brought to London where it was to be taken from the ship alongside. The charterer’s agent told the master that the consignees under the . .
CitedPearce v Brooks 1866
The contract was for the hire of an ornamental brougham to a prostitute which was supplied with knowledge that it would be used ‘as part of her display’. She returned it in a damaged condition, and refused to make any payments under the contract as . .
Appeal fromAnglo Petroleum Ltd v TFB (Mortgages) Ltd ChD 24-Feb-2006
The company sought to say that loans of 15 million pounds were void under s151 of the 1985 Act. It was said that the loans infringed the provisions of s151 being unlawful financial assistance.
Held: The loans were valid: ‘if it is lawful for a . .

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CitedParkingeye Ltd v Somerfield Stores Ltd CA 17-Oct-2012
The claimant company operated parking management for the defendant, charging customers for overparking. The defendant came to believe that the claimant’s behaviour was over-aggressive, and the use of falsehoods, and terminated the contract. The . .
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Company, Contract

Updated: 11 July 2022; Ref: scu.252382