Komercni Banka, A S v Stone and Rolls Ltd and Another: ComC 15 Nov 2002

Toulson J discussed a set off against a claim for damages: ‘The question whether an alleged benefit should or should not be taken into account cannot be determined by mere application of the ‘but for’ test. Where the wrongful conduct consists of causing the victim to enter into a venture or transaction which he would not otherwise have entered into, and the wrongdoer alleges that the victim has received a subsequent benefit which he would not have received but for entering into the venture or transaction, it seems to me that the question to be asked is whether the receipt of the benefit was not merely a result of the venture or transaction, in a historical sense, but was part of the complex of obligations and benefits intrinsic, ie belonging naturally, to the venture or transaction. Otherwise, it is hard to know where to draw the line.’


Toulson J


[2002] EWHC 2263 (Comm), [2003] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 383




England and Wales

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Updated: 24 November 2022; Ref: scu.178934