TFL Management Services Ltd v Lloyds Bank Plc: CA 14 Nov 2013

The court was asked: ‘A spends money seeking a judgment for the recovery of a debt from B. A fails to recover the debt because, so the court holds, the debt is not in fact owed by B to A (as A mistakenly thought), but owed by B to C. C then recovers the debt, relying on the judgment in A’s unsuccessful claim. The question raised in this appeal is whether A has a claim based on unjust enrichment against C, enabling him to recover the money expended on obtaining the judgment. ‘
Floyd LJ discussed the case of Ruabon Steamship: ‘the House of Lords . . was not looking at the case through the eyes of the modern law of unjust enrichment’


Beatson, Floyd LJJ, Sir Stanley Burnton


[2013] EWCA Civ 1415, [2013] 2 CLC 810, [2013] WLR(D) 437, [2014] 1 WLR 2006


Bailii, WLRD


England and Wales


DistinguishedRuabon Steamship Co v The London Assurance Co HL 1900
Lord Halisbury said: ‘I cannot understand how it can be asserted that it is part of the common law that where one person gets some advantage from the act of another, a right of contribution towards the expense from that act arises.’ Rejecting the . .

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CitedLowick Rose Llp v Swynson Ltd and Another SC 11-Apr-2017
Losses arose from the misvaluation of a company before its purchase. The respondent had funded the purchase, relying upon a valuation by the predecessor of the appellant firm of accountants. Further advances had been made when the true situation was . .
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Updated: 26 July 2022; Ref: scu.517758