Palmer Birch v Lloyd [2018] EWHC 2316 (TCC)

Palmer Birch (a partnership) v Lloyd [2018] EWHC 2316 (TCC) – unlawful means conspiracy and procuring breach of contract. Matthew Bradley successfully acted for the Claimant in this economic torts trial in the TCC against the de facto and de jure directors of a limited company. The case is of interest for the High Court’s dismissal of the Defendants’ “corporate veil” defence, as well as its determination that no defence of justification exists in relation to an otherwise established conspiracy.  It is also the first decision to consider what the Supreme Court meant by the phrase a “just cause or excuse” for a conspiracy in its decision in JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov (No.14) [2018] UKSC 19.

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