Favourite Cases: Said v Butt [1920] 3 KB 497 – James Morgan QC

We are delighted to welcome back Favourite Cases, our project for August, which takes a look at interesting and important chancery and commercial decisions.

One of James Morgan QC’s favourite cases is Said v Butt, which dates back to 1920 – at a time when the last pandemic was coming to an end – and concerns the liability of an agent for procuring a breach of contract by their principal.

James says: “This case has interesting characters, controversial obiter dicta and, best of all for the hard pressed barrister, a title that is easy to remember! Over 100 years after Mr Justice McCardie’s obiter decision that an agent is not generally liable for procuring a breach of contract by their principal, the case continues to have relevance to modern economic loss cases with the tantalising prospect that, if a suitable case makes it way to the Supreme Court, the law as it has been understood for over 100 years will be changed.

Favourite Cases is a Radcliffe Chambers project for August 2021, which takes a look at interesting and important chancery and commercial decisions.

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Recorded July 2021.