Durrant v Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England and Wales: 1880

An action would lie against a recipient of money, paid under a mistake if fact, who (without notice of the mistake) had paid on the money in good faith as a principal to a third party from whom the recipient could not recover. The court rejected the existence of any general defence of change of position either at law or in equity.
Baron Pollock said: ‘Calm v. Manterman and other similar cases proceed upon the ground of some mutual relations between the parties creating a duty on the part of the plaintiff, breach of which disentitles him from recovering.’


Baron Pollock


[1880] 6 QBD 234


England and Wales

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Updated: 01 May 2022; Ref: scu.259530