Reading v Attorney General: HL 1 Mar 1951

The applicant had been a sergeant in the army. He had misused army property and his uniform to assist in smuggling operations. After serving his sentence he now sought repayment of the money he had earned.
Held: His claim failed. The money had been earned by his msuse of his official position, and therefore his employer was entitled to keep the money even though it had been earned unlawfully. The soldier owed a fiduciary duty to the Crown, which was an additional ground on which he lost his claim.
Viscount Jowitt LC, Lord Porter, Lord Normand, Lord Oaksey
[1951] AC 507, [1951] UKHL 1, [1951] 1 All ER 617, [1951] 1 TLR 480, 95 Sol Jo 155
Bailii
England and Wales
Cited by:
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Updated: 03 May 2021; Ref: scu.180655