Neville v Wilkinson: 19 Dec 1782

Lord Thurlow LC ‘declared his opinion’ that: ‘In all cases where money was paid for an unlawful purpose, the party, though particeps criminis, might recover at law; and that the reason was, that if courts of justice mean to prevent the perpetration of crimes, it must be not by allowing a man who has got possession to remain in possession, but by putting the parties back to the state in which they were before.’


[1782] EngR 117, (1782) 1 Bro CC 543, (1782) 28 ER 1289




England and Wales

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CitedPatel v Mirza SC 20-Jul-2016
The claimant advanced funds to the respondent for him to invest in a bank of which the claimant had insider knowledge. In fact the defendant did not invest the funds, the knowledge was incorrect. The defendant however did not return the sums . .
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Updated: 12 May 2022; Ref: scu.372465