Parabola Investments Ltd and Others v Browallia Cal Ltd and Others: CA 5 May 2010

The second defendant appealed against the level of damages awarded against him after he was found guilty of a fraud on the claimant, saying that the loss of profits element was unproven.
Held: The appeal failed. Where a claimant’s investment fund was reduced by the defendant’s fraud, the losses were to be taken to include not just the reduction in the sum invested and the profits which would have accrued, but also the loss of those profits that would have would have been made from investment of the lost money between the discovery of the fraud and the trial date.
Toulson LJ said: ‘Some claims for consequential loss are capable of being established with precision (for example, expenses incurred prior to the date of trial). Other forms of consequential loss are not capable of similarly precise calculation because they involve the attempted measurement of things which would or might have happened (or might not have happened) but for the defendant’s wrongful conduct, as distinct from things which have happened. In such a situation the law does not require a claimant to perform the impossible, nor does it apply the balance of probability test to the measurement of the loss.’
Mummery LJ, Toulson LJ, Rimer LJ
[2010] EWCA Civ 486, [2010] WLR (D) 114, [2010] 19 EG 108, [2010] 3 WLR 1266, [2010] Bus LR 1446, [2011] QB 477
Bailii, WLRD
England and Wales
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Updated: 17 July 2021; Ref: scu.409981