Tuesday 9 December 2008

UK: Keech v Sandford and free access to the English Reports

Keech v Sandford [1726] ER 954 is well known as one of the trustee cases used by the English courts in their development, through analogy, of directors' fiduciary duties.  Keech was, for example, cited in the leading directors' duties case Regal (Hastings) Ltd v Gulliver [1942] 1 All ER 378, [1967] 2 AC 134 and more recently in the Court of Appeal cases Re Bhullar Bros [2003] EWCA Civ 424 and In Plus Group v Pyke [2002] EWCA Civ 370

Keech is reported in the English Reports.  This series of reports, which collected cases from the nominate reports for the period 1220 to 1873, is now available to view, free of charge, on the Commonwealth Legal Information Institute website: see here. Keech can be viewed here. Unfortunately, a search using BAILII will not, at the moment, include the English Reports but they can nevertheless be searched on CommonLII: see here

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