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Friday, November 6, 2009

The People's Judge

Lord DenningLord Denning MR, ironically known as the people's judge, was arguably the most famous judge of the 20th century. Many of his observations are referred to in present day law; for example, in Wallersteiner v Moir he was prepared to hold that there was an implied agency between an individual and the companies he controlled:

... I am quite clear that the companies were just the puppets of Dr Wallersteiner. He controlled their every movement. Each danced to his bidding. He pulled the strings. No one else got within reach of them. Transformed into legal language, they were his agents to do as he commanded. He was the principal behind them. I am of the opinion that the court should pull aside the corporate veil and treat these concerns as being his creatures – for whose doings he should be, and is, responsible.

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