Tesco Stores Limited v Pook, Pook, Universal Projects (UK) Limited: ChD 14 Apr 2003

A trustee in breach of his duty has a duty to disclose that breach. It was alleged that the defendants, including a director of the claimant, had submitted false invoices to the claimants, and purchased property with the resulting profits.
Held: Mr Pook owed a duty to disclose the bribes that he had taken. He was in breach of that duty. The agreement had an implied a term that the holder of the option should not be entitled to exercise it if he had committed ‘a serious breach of the contract’.


The Honourable Mr Justice Peter Smith


[2003] EWHC 823 (Ch), [2004] IRLR 618




England and Wales


CitedAnangel Atlas Compania Naviera SA v Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co Ltd 1990
The plaintiffs sought recovery of moneys paid by the defendants to one George Thomas Richardson Campbell, a distinguished naval architect on the ground that such payments has been made secretly while Mr Campbell has been acting for the plaintiffs in . .
CitedHovenden and Sons v Millhoff 1900
Romer LJ said: ‘The courts of law in this country have always strongly condemned and, when they could, punished the bribing of agents, and have taken a strong view as to what constitutes a bribe. I believe the mercantile community as a whole . .
CitedAttorney General for Hong Kong v Reid and Others PC 24-Nov-1993
Principalhas proprietary interest in Trust assets
Bribes were taken by an employee, a crown prosecutor in Hong Kong, in a fraud on his employer. He then invested the proceeds in the purchase of property in New Zealand. The property had increased in value. The employer sought repayment of the bribes . .
CitedIndustries and General Mortgage Co Ltd v Lewis 1949
When arranging with the plaintiff company to obtain a loan for the defendant V stipulated that he should be paid half the procuration fee which the defendant would be charged for the company’s services. The company knew that V was to receive from . .
CitedAlghussein Establishment v Eton College HL 1985
A literal construction of the relevant provision of a lease would have led to an absurd result that a contractor who failed to complete a development without fault could not call for a lease, whereas a contractor who wilfully defaulted could do so. . .
CitedThompson v Asda MFI Group Plc 1988
The court considered the implication of a term which would prevent an employer selling a subsidiary so that employees of the subsidiary who had rights under the group share option scheme ceased to be employees for the purpose of that agreement. It . .
CitedMicklefield v SAC Technology Ltd 1990
A Share Option Scheme provided that the option could not be exercised if the option holder ceased to be an executive ‘for any reason’. The employer dismissed Mr Micklefield wrongfully, so that he ceased to be an employee before he was able to . .
CitedGiovanni Mallone v BPB Industries Plc CA 19-Feb-2002
The claimant was a director of the respondent. On his dismissal, his share options were cancelled. He claimed this was in breach of his rights under the scheme. The company appealed a finding that they were so in breach. The scheme distinguished . .
MentionedHealey v Societe Anonyme Francais Rubastic 1917
A director of the company claimed arrears of salary for work done notwithstanding that he had been summarily dismissed for misconduct. There was no question of a claim for damages for breach of duty. . .
CitedSybron Corporation v Rochem CA 1983
There was an allegation that the employee had failed to disclose breaches of contract by fellow employees. This had taken place at a time when a decision was being taken as to the payment to be made to him under the terms of a pension scheme. The . .
CitedHorcal Ltd v Gatland CA 1984
The court considered the arguments presented as to the duty of a director of a company to disclose his own breach of fiduciary duty: ‘Counsel . . submitted, as a general proposition, that, putting fraud on one side, there is no general duty on . .
CitedVan Gestel v Can CA 7-Aug-1987
Directors have a positive duty to disclose their pre-existing breaches of fiduciary duty. . .

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CitedCrown Dilmun, Dilmun Investments Limited v Nicholas Sutton, Fulham River Projects Limited ChD 23-Jan-2004
There was a contract for the sale of Craven Cottage football stadium, conditional upon the grant of non-onerous planning permissions. It was claimed that the contract had been obtained by the defendant employee in breach of his fiduciary duties to . .
CitedFassihim, Liddiardrams, International Ltd, Isograph Ltd v Item Software (UK) Ltd CA 30-Sep-2004
The first defendant (F) had been employed by a company involved in a distribution agreement. He had sought to set up a competing arrangement whilst a director of the claimant, and diverted a contract to his new company.
Held: A company . .
CitedMichael Wilson and Partners Ltd v Emmott ComC 8-Jun-2011
The claimant challenged an arbitration award made concerning the agreement under which the defendant had been admitted to partnership. MWP contended that the Tribunal were guilty of a large number of serious irregularities in their conduct of the . .
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Updated: 07 June 2022; Ref: scu.181394