United Australia Ltd v Barclays Bank Ltd: HL 1940

A person whose goods were wrongfully converted by another had a choice of two remedies against the wrongdoer. He could recover damages, in respect of the loss he had sustained by the conversion, or he could recover the proceeds of the conversion obtained by the defendant. It is necessary to distinguish election between remedies from election between rights. The House could hear ‘ghosts clanking their mediaeval chains.’


Lord Romer, Lord Atkin


[1940] 4 All ER 20, [1941] AC 1


England and Wales

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The applicants sought judicial review of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal’s refusal of leave to appeal. The court had to decide whether such a right survived section 101 of the 2001 Act.
Held: The right to have a judicial review could only be . .
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Torts – Other, Damages

Updated: 27 April 2022; Ref: scu.180889