Bermuda Cablevision Limited and others v Colica Trust Company Limited: PC 6 Oct 1997

(Bermuda) An alternative remedy to winding up is available to a shareholder where oppressive conduct is alleged, though the main thrust is that the conduct is unlawful.
Lord Browne-Wilkinson Lord Lloyd of Berwick Lord Steyn Lord Cooke of Thorndon Lord Clyde
Times 31-Oct-1997, [1997] UKPC 44
Bailii
Companies Act 1985 459, Companies Act 1981 (Bermuda) 111
Citing:
DistinguishedBritish American Tobacco Company Limited v Inland Revenue Commissioners HL 1943
The House considered whether British American had a ‘controlling interest’ in a subsidiary of its direct subsidiary. The company argued that ‘controlling interest’ equated to beneficial ownership. In rejecting that argument Viscount Simon said: ‘I . .
DistinguishedInland Revenue Commissioners v J Bibby and Sons Limited HL 17-May-1945
The House was asked whether shares in a company held by directors as trustees could be aggregated with shares held by them beneficially for the purpose of determining whether the directors had ‘a controlling interest’ in the company.
Held:
DistinguishedBarclays Bank Limited v Inland Revenue Commissioners HL 1960
A testator did have the control of a company within section 55(1) of the 1940 Act, by virtue of the fact that he held shares as an individual in his own right and also was entitled to vote as a trustee for a further allocation of shares (making . .
CitedDaimler Co Ltd v Continental Tyre and Rubber Company (Great Britain) Limited HL 1916
The House considered the meaning of ‘control’ in the context of companies. Lord Parker of Waddington said: ‘I think that the analogy is to be found in control, an idea which, if not very familiar in law, is of capital importance and is very well . .
CitedGouriet v Union of Post Office Workers HL 26-Jul-1977
The claimant sought an injunction to prevent the respondent Trades Union calling on its members to boycott mail to South Africa. The respondents challenged the ability of the court to make such an order.
Held: The wide wording of the statute . .
CitedCBS Songs Ltd v Amstrad Consumer Electronics Plc CA 1987
Persons other than the Attorney General do not have standing to enforce, through a civil court, the observance of the criminal law as such. However, Sir Denys Buckley considered that such a claim might be maintained as a representative action . .
CitedLonrho Ltd v Shell Petroleum Co Ltd (No 2) HL 1-Apr-1981
No General Liability in Tort for Wrongful Acts
The plaintiff had previously constructed an oil supply pipeline from Beira to Mozambique. After Rhodesia declared unilateral independence, it became a criminal offence to supply Rhodesia without a licence. The plaintiff ceased supply as required, . .
CitedJenkin v Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain 1921
At common law that a member of a company incorporated by Royal Charter is entitled to an order restraining the commission of acts outside the scope of the charter which may result in the forfeiture of the charter and the destruction of the society. . .
CitedDickson v Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain HL 1970
The Society was concerned by the extension of the range of non-pharmaceutical goods sold in chemist’s shops and the effect which it might have on the quality and status of the profession, proposed a new rule for inclusion in the code of ethics and . .
CitedPhillips v Britannia Hygienic Laundry Co Ltd CA 1923
A breach of the regulation does not give rise to an action for damages. The distinction between misfeasance and non-feasance should no longer have significance. Atkin LJ said: ‘one who cannot be otherwise specified than as a person using the . .
CitedDickson v Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain HL 1970
The Society was concerned by the extension of the range of non-pharmaceutical goods sold in chemist’s shops and the effect which it might have on the quality and status of the profession, proposed a new rule for inclusion in the code of ethics and . .
CitedEbrahimi v Westbourne Galleries Ltd and Others (on Appeal from In Re Westbourne Galleries Ltd) HL 3-May-1972
Unfair Prejudice to Minority Shareholder
A company had operated effectively as a partnership between two and then three directors. No dividends had been paid, but the directors had received salaries. One director was removed and sought an order for the other to purchase his shares, or . .
CitedNational Westminster Bank Plc and Another v Inland Revenue Commissioners HL 24-Jun-1994
Shares are allotted to a person when that person acquires an unconditional right to be entered on a company’s register of members. The issue of shares only becomes complete after they are registered in the company’s books for the purposes of the BES . .
CitedBratton Seymour Service Co Ltd v Oxborough CA 1992
The company was set up to acquire and manage a property divided into flats which also included ‘amenity areas’ (tennis courts, swimming pool, gardens). It was argued that there should be implied into the articles of association an obligation on the . .
CitedScally v Southern Health and Social Services Board HL 1991
The plaintiffs were junior doctors employed by the respondents. Their terms had been collectively negotiated, and incorporated the Regulations. During the period of their employment different regulations had given and then taken way their right to . .

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Updated: 03 January 2021; Ref: scu.159255