The Bank of London v Tyrrell: CA 30 Jun 1859

A solicitor is accountable to his clients for the benefits which he may have derived clandestinely in transactions in which he was professionally engaged.
A solicitor was active in founding a banking company. Before its establishment he entered into a secret arrangement with a stranger, that the, latter should purchase some property eligible for the banking house on a joint speculation. After its establishment the company purchased part of the premises for their banking house, not knowing that their solicitor was interested in it. Held, that the solicitor must
account to the company for all the profit made by him by the whole transaction ; but that the stranger was under no such liability.
Sir John Romilly MR said that the solicitor had held on trust for the client both (i) his interest in (and therefore his subsequent share of the proceeds of sale of) the Hall, and (ii) with ‘very considerable hesitation’, his interest in the adjoining land


Sir John Romilly MR


[1859] EngR 789, (1859) 27 Beav 273, (1859) 54 ER 107



Cited by:

Appeal fromTyrrell v The Bank Of London And Sir J v Shelley And Others HL 27-Feb-1862
A solicitor retained to act for a company in the course of formation secretly arranged to benefit from his prospective client’s anticipated acquisition of a building called the ‘Hall of Commerce’ by obtaining from the owner a 50% beneficial interest . .
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Legal Professions, Equity

Updated: 11 May 2022; Ref: scu.288141