Hamlyn v John Houston and Co: CA 1903

One side of the defendant’s business as grain merchants was to obtain, by lawful means, information about its competitors’ activities. Houston, a partner in the firm, obtained confidential information on the plaintiff Hamlyn’s business by bribing one of Hamlyn’s employees.
Held: The firm was liable for the loss suffered by Hamlyn. If it was within the scope of Houston’s authority to obtain the information by legitimate means, then for the purpose of vicarious liability it was within the scope of his authority to obtain it by illegitimate means and the firm was liable accordingly. This was on the broad ‘risk’ principle: the principal having selected the agent, and being the person who will have the benefit of his efforts if successful, it is not unjust he should bear the risk of the agent ‘exceeding his authority in matters incidental to the doing of the acts the performance of which has been delegated to him’.
Collins MR
[1903] 1 KB 81
England and Wales
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CitedDubai Aluminium Company Limited v Salaam and Others HL 5-Dec-2002
Partners Liable for Dishonest Act of Solicitor
A solicitor had been alleged to have acted dishonestly, having assisted in a fraudulent breach of trust by drafting certain documents. Contributions to the damages were sought from his partners.
Held: The acts complained of were so close to . .

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Updated: 25 July 2021; Ref: scu.193844