Oldham and others v Georgina Kyrris and Another: CA 4 Nov 2003

The claimant sought to bring a claim against the administrators of a partnership alleging a duty of care to creditors.
Held: Such an administrator owed no greater duty to creditors than would a director. That duty was no different whether the duty was also a fiduciary duty or one at common law. His position was directly analagous with a director. No general duty of care was owed to creditors and the claim had properly been struck out.


Lord Justice Jonathan Parker Lord Justice Thorpe Lord Justice Dyson


[2003] EWCA Civ 1506, Times 07-Nov-2003, Gazette 02-Jan-2004, [2004] BPIR 165, [2004] PNLR 18, [2003] NPC 133, [2004] BCC 111, [2004] 1 BCLC 305




England and Wales


CitedBruce Peskin; Kevin Milner v John Anderson and Others CA 14-Dec-2000
The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) had been demutualised. The claimants were former members who sought damages from former directors because they had received no benefit. They had ceased to be members before the re-organisation and claimed they should . .
CitedNational Provincial and Union Bank of England v Charnley 1924
The court considered the general principles of equitable charges: ‘The first question that arises is whether or not this document does create a mortgage or charge, and to determine that it is necessary to form an idea of what is meant by ‘charge’. . .
CitedWilliams v Burlington Investments 1977
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CitedSwiss Bank Corporation v Lloyds Bank Ltd CA 1981
An equitable charge is created when property is expressly or constructively made liable to the discharge of a debt or some other obligation, and the charge confers on the chargee a right of realisation by judicial process such as a sale order. . .
CitedMamidoil-Jetoil Greek Petroleum Company SA v Okta Crude Oil Refinery Ad Cross CA 22-Mar-2001
The court always leans against a conclusion which will leave parties who clearly intended to contract without a legally binding contract, and that this is the more so where they have acted as though they were bound. The court strains to supply . .
CitedKnowles v Scott 1891
A company’s voluntary liquidator is the company’s agent and no action lies against for delay him save in the case of misfeasance or wilful misconduct. He is not a trustee for the creditors or contributories of a company in liquidation. Nor does he . .
CitedFoley v Classique Coaches Ltd CA 1934
The sellers had sold to the buyers a piece of land to use in the latter’s business as coach proprietors, and also contracted with them to supply all the petrol required for that business ‘at a price to be agreed by the parties in writing and from . .
CitedCaparo Industries Plc v Dickman and others HL 8-Feb-1990
Limitation of Loss from Negligent Mis-statement
The plaintiffs sought damages from accountants for negligence. They had acquired shares in a target company and, relying upon the published and audited accounts which overstated the company’s earnings, they purchased further shares.
Held: The . .
CitedRe B Johnson and Co (Builders) Ltd CA 1953
A receiver of property is not managing the mortgagor’s property for the benefit of the mortgagor, but the security, the property of the mortgagee, for the benefit of the mortgagee. Section 333 was a procedural section which created no new cause of . .
CitedHenderson v Merrett Syndicates Ltd HL 25-Jul-1994
Lloyds Agents Owe Care Duty to Member; no Contract
Managing agents conducted the financial affairs of the Lloyds Names belonging to the syndicates under their charge. It was alleged that they managed these affairs with a lack of due careleading to enormous losses.
Held: The assumption of . .
CitedPulsford v Devenish ChD 1903
The liquidator in a voluntary liquidation negligently failed to inform the company’s creditors of the liquidation, and distributed the company’s assets to its contributories without regard to the creditors’ claims. The company was later dissolved. . .
CitedJames Smith and Sons (Norwood) Ltd v Goodman CA 1936
Two leases had been granted by the plaintiff to a company. Subsequently the company determined the leases but it had previously assigned the leases to a third party. The company went into liquidation and the liquidator distributed its assets. He . .

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CitedMacDonald and Another v Carnbroe Estates Ltd SC 4-Dec-2019
‘This appeal concerns the Scots law of gratuitous alienations on insolvency. It raises three principal questions. First, there is a question as to the interpretation of the term ‘adequate consideration’ in section 242(4)(b) of the Insolvency Act . .
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Insolvency, Company

Updated: 09 May 2022; Ref: scu.187469