Mayor of Bradford v Pickles: HL 29 Jul 1895

The plaintiffs sought an injunction to prevent the defendant interfering with the supply of water to the city. He would have done so entirely by actions on his own land.
Held: The plaintiffs could have no property in the water until it came on their land and they collected it, and ‘if the owner of the adjoining land is in a situation in which an act of his, lawfully done on his own land, may divert the water which would otherwise go into the possession of this trading company, I see no reason why he should not insist on their purchasing his interest from which this trading company desires to make profit.’
The exercise of a legal right is not an unlawful abuse of that right merely by reason of a predominant improper or ulterior purpose.

Lord Halsbury LC
[1895] AC 587, [1895] UKHL 1
England and Wales
Cited by:
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The applicants alleged misfeasance against the Bank of England in respect of the regulation of a bank.
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CitedLand Securities Plc and Others v Fladgate Fielder (A Firm) CA 18-Dec-2009
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CitedRhodes v OPO and Another SC 20-May-2015
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CitedCamdex International Ltd v Bank of Zambia and Another CA 3-Apr-1996
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CitedJSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov and Others ComC 10-May-2011
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CitedDransfield v The Information Commissioner CA 14-May-2015
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CitedChild Soldiers International v The Secretary of State for Defence Admn 24-Jul-2015
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CitedTurnbull v Goodwyn School and Others UTLC 15-Feb-2016
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Updated: 11 November 2021; Ref: scu.190027