Re Canadian Land Reclaiming and Colonizing Co: CA 1880

The court was asked whether two individuals who had been appointed and acted as directors while they were ineligible were directors or other officers liable to a summons for misfeasance.
Held: The test was was whether a man who had assumed a position could be allowed to deny in court that he was really entitled to occupy it.
A de facto director owes directors’ duties to the company in relation to which he performs those functions.
Sir George Jessel MR
(1880) 14 ChD 660
England and Wales
Cited by:
CitedUltraframe (UK) Ltd v Fielding and others ChD 27-Jul-2005
The parties had engaged in a bitter 95 day trial in which allegations of forgery, theft, false accounting, blackmail and arson. A company owning patents and other rights had become insolvent, and the real concern was the destination and ownership of . .
CitedHolland v Revenue and Customs and Another SC 24-Nov-2010
The Revenue sought an order under section 212 of the 1986 Act, for payment of the tax debts of the insolvent company by a de facto director. H had organised a scheme under which IT contractors had worked through companies created by him under a . .

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Updated: 21 September 2021; Ref: scu.230270