Dunne v English: CA 1874

A partner had made a secret profit from the sale of partnership property.
Held: The other partner sought and obtained relief ‘substantially in accordance with the first and second paragraphs of the prayer of the bill’, which had sought ‘a declaration . . that the Plaintiff was entitled to share equally with the Defendant in the profits . . and that the Defendant was bound to make over to the Plaintiff one half of the profits . .’ Because of the importance which equity attaches to fiduciary duties, ‘informed consent’ to a fiduciary acting for two parties is only effective if it is given after ‘full disclosure’.
Sir George Jessel MR said of a partner: ‘The Defendant was not only in law the agent of the partnership to sell (being himself a partner, and every partner being an agent of the partnership), but he was in fact the agent who had been engaged in negotiating the sale.’


Sir George Jessel MR


(1874) LR 18 Eq 524


England and Wales

Cited by:

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Approprietary remedy against Fraudulent Agent
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CitedHosking v Marathon Asset Management Llp ChD 5-Oct-2016
Loss of agent’s share for breach within LLP
The court was asked whether the principle that a fiduciary (in particular, an agent) who acts in breach of his fiduciary duties can lose his right to remuneration, is capable of applying to profit share of a partner in a partnership or a member of a . .
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Equity, Agency, Company

Updated: 04 May 2022; Ref: scu.551499