Caparo Industries plc v Dickman: QBD 5 Aug 1988

The plaintiff complained that they had suffered losses after purchasing shares in a company, relying upon statements made in the accounts by the auditors (third defendants).
Held: The claim failed. Whilst auditors might owe statutory duties to shareholders as a class, there was no common law duty to individual shareholders such as would enable an individual shareholder to recover damages for loss sustained by him in acting in reliance upon the audited accounts.

Sir Neil Lawson
[1988] BCLC 387, Times, 5 August 1988
England and Wales
Cited by:
Appeal fromCaparo Industries plc v Dickman CA 1989
The plaintiffs had purchased shares in a company, relying upon accounts prepared by the second defendant auditors. They appealed against a decision that the auditors did not owe them a duty in negligence, not being shareholders.
Held: The . .
At QBDCaparo Industries Plc v Dickman and others HL 8-Feb-1990
Limitation of Loss from Negligent Mis-statement
The plaintiffs sought damages from accountants for negligence. They had acquired shares in a target company and, relying upon the published and audited accounts which overstated the company’s earnings, they purchased further shares.
Held: The . .

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Company, Professional Negligence

Updated: 17 November 2021; Ref: scu.552889