Inducing a breach of contract—clarification of what amounts to a sufficient state of mind (Allen v Dodd)

CA 1549 – Allen t a David Allen Chartered Accountants v Dodd and Anr [2020] EWCA Civ 258

The issue raised on this appeal was what amounts to a sufficient state of mind to make a person liable in tort for inducing a breach of contract. It was confirmed that, if a defendant honestly believes that the act they procure will not amount to a breach of contract, they are not liable in tort even if their belief is mistaken in law. It matters not that a defendant’s erroneous belief is caused by their own ignorance or as a result of incorrect advice they receive from their lawyers.

This article was first published by Lexis®PSL on 2 March 2020

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