BBGP Managing General Partner Ltd and Others v Babcock and Brown Global Partners: ChD 20 Aug 2010

Norris J held:
‘Although the case law refers to crime or fraud or dishonesty (such as fraudulent breach of trust, fraudulent conspiracy, trickery or sham contrivances) it is plain that the term ‘fraud’ is used in a relatively wide sense: Eustice’s case [1995] 1 WLR 1238, 1249D. So a scheme to effect transactions at an undervalue was sufficient (Eustice’s case); as was deliberate misrepresentation for the purpose of securing a mortgage advance (Nationwide Building Society v Various Solicitors [1999] PNLR 52, 72); or making a disposition with the intention of defeating a spouse’s claim for financial relief (C v C (Privilege) [2008] 1 FLR 115); or the establishment by employees, in breach of a duty of fidelity to their employer, of a rival business: Gamlen Chemical Co (UK) Ltd v Rochem Ltd (No 2) (1979) 124 SJ 276 and Walsh Automation (Europe) Ltd v Bridgeman [2002] EWHC 1344 (QB). The enumeration of examples is useful only in so far as it enables some underlying theme or connectedness to be identified. In each of these cases the wrongdoer has gone beyond conduct which merely amounts to a civil wrong; he has indulged in sharp practice, something of an underhand nature where the circumstances required good faith, something which commercial men would say was a fraud or which the law treats as entirely contrary to public policy. (I borrow language from Gamlen and from Williams v Quebrada Railway Land and Copper Co [1895] 2 Ch 751.)’
Norris J
[2010] EWHC 2176 (Ch), [2010] 2 CLC 248, [2011] Ch 296, [2011] 2 All ER 297, [2011] 2 WLR 496, [2011] Bus LR 466
Limited Partnerships Act 1907 6
England and Wales
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