Scots Law Business Entities Cases

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A signature on behalf of a principal should be indicative of their agency
If an agent acts outside of his authority then P has a right to relief from any liabilities occured
A principal failing to prevent A collecting payment in cheques directed to the agent led to apparent authority
A companies articles can give individuals personal rights against the company
Shareholders who want to continue improving the business, even when it is running at a loss, are not acting with unfair prejudice in terms of minority shareholders. They are still
A director's breach of fiduciary duty can be ratified by the shareholders, provided it was not ulra vires. The director in question is actually permitted to vote on ratifying his o
For Ratification, the agent must have purported to be an agent at the time of entering the transaction
An agent must not disclose any confidential information belonging to the principal
A director's principle duty is to the company, not the shareholders
A company has separate legal personality from its members
For Ratification, you must consider any relevant time limits
A partner who had received a conviction for dishonesty was reason enough to dissolve the partnership, although the decision is probably a little harsh by modern standards
Exercise of a written power to expel a partner must be in good faith and for the good of the whole partnership.
A firm is entitled to disgorge any profit made by a partner who breaches their fiduciary duty
A principal must make an informed choice to ratify
In a substantial property transaction, this case held that the value of a non-cash asset is to be assessed according to the value to the director. It is not an objective test.
An agent is bound to act with a duty of skill and care. The standard is that of a reasonable and competent, careful member of the profession
A retiring partner can still be liable for negligent omissions that occurred while they were partners (although in practice this will be dealt with by a discharge by others in the
The election of suing either the principal or agent is final
The definition of 'negotiate' in terms of commercial agents' regulations, is debated. In this case, agent did not apply to a petrol garage owner
Where there is a written partnership agreement, partners may not make an oral variation of it
This case defines a share as: a measure of your liability and interest in a company
In relation to altering the way a partnership is run, a majority may only win if all partners are present and able to present their view
Where a third party discovers the existence of the undisclosed principal they can elect either the principal or the agent to be liable under the contract
Partnership does not begin at the commencement of trading - the court may look at preparations made prior to beginning trading
Courts will not pierce the veil of incorporation to effect an insurance contract
An agent must account to P for any benefits received from third parties
Courts will only pierce the corporate veil when the company is a facade, sham or device to conceal the true facts
In relation to variation of running the partnership, when there is a split vote, the status quo prevails
A director cannot enter into an ultra vires contract with himself - s39 applies only to protect vulnerable third parties
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A director's powers should only be utilised for proper purposes
Partners are not liable for one partner injuring another
The issue where there is an undisclosed principal is whether the 3rd party wouldn't have taken the risk of contracting with anyone but the agent
As a default rule, a company cannot buy back its own shares
Current Scottish authority on compensation for commercial agents - now doubted
The onus to rebut the presumption that an agent intended to incur personal liability by signing lies with the agent
This case controversially ruled that a person can hold multiple directorships, even in competing companies
An agent has a right to commission
If the concealment of a principal is part of the intention to deceive, old case law says that this means the principal is not liable, but this hasn't been applied broadly
A director has a duty to avoid conflicts of interest. This is enshrined in statutory form, but this case provides us with an example of conflicted interests
Directors who are under a duty not to act ultra vires are not authorised by the company to act beyond its restricted objects
When a new partnership starts, if a new partner contributes no capital this is evidence that he was no assuming the old liabilities
Receipt of a share of profits is a sign that you are a partner, but is not sufficient in and of itself to make you a partner
The first fit period of a director's disqualification is to fit the gravity of his conduct, then allowing for any mitigating factors
Apparent authority will personally bar a principal from denying the existence of a contract
The courts now take a purposive approach to commercial agents regulations regarding 'negotiation' to ensure that agents are protected
If an agent consistently refuses to name a principal, he will become personally liable
This case allowed weighted votes; here a director-shareholder gave himself enough votes to outvote everyone and entrench his role in the company
If shares are allotted, not issued, then you don't have any title to them, rather you have a personal right in contract to obtain them
A director is not an agent of the shareholder
An agent must not enter any transaction that would put him in conflict with the interests of his principal
A contract to limit the exercise of a statutory power to amend articles is unenforceable
Where there is mental incapacity/inability to perform partnership duties, when the partnership agreement provided the option not to participate in management, this meant the partne
The courts have said that the best remedy for minority shareholder protection is just to seek a buy out of your shares
An example of incorporation to circumvent a restrictive covenant
Where a company has been wronged, then it is the only victim, and the company itself must initiate proceedings in derivative action
A breach of fiduciary duty by a director will result in a voidable contract. It is not void from the outset, rather it is voidable at the company's instance
The court will look at equitable principles to see if majority shareholders have acted in good faith
English case which now doubts the Scottish authority on compensation for agents.
The case which sets forth the test of a director's duty of skill and care. This is at first objective, then subjective. It falls in two stages

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