We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

Back to Cases and Statutes



These links are organised by chapter and section of the text, so that you can click and go directly to the materials discussed in the book. Not all cases are freely available on the internet, and you may need to use your university library to access some cases.

Please note that clicking on these links will take you to a third party site. Most of the links come from the following sources, and you will be taken to these pages after clicking on the links:

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)
www.austlii.edu.au

Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)
www.asx.com.au

British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)
www.bailii.org

World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII)

www.worldlii.org

Web resources – chapter 3 – The Corporate Personality

3.1.1 Salomon’s case
Salomon v A Salomon & Co Ltd  [1897] AC 22

3.1.2 Is the Salomon decision a good one?
F Easterbrook and D Fischel, ‘Limited Liability and the Corporation’ (1985) 52 University of Chicago Law Review 89

Lee v Lee’s Air Farming Ltd [1961] AC 12


3.2 Piercing the corporate veil at common law

Briggs v James Hardie & Co Pty Ltd (1989) 7 ACLC 841

3.2.1 The company as agent of the shareholder
Smith, Stone & Knight Ltd v Birmingham Corp [1939] 4 All ER 116
Spreag v Paeson (1990) FCA87

3.2.2 The company as an instrument of fraud
Gilford Motors v Horne [1933] Ch 935
Jones v Lipman [1962] 1 WLR 832

3.2.3 As a matter of statutory interpretation
Re Bugle Press Ltd [1961] Ch 270
Pioneer Concrete Services Ltd v Yelnah Pty Ltd (1987) 5 ACLC 467; (1986) 5 NSWLR 254


3.3 Corporate groups

Companies and Securities Advisory Committee (now Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee), Corporate Groups: Final Report (CASAC, Sydney, 2000)

3.3.1 Common law approach to groups
Harold Holdsworth & Co (Wakefield) Ltd v Caddies [1955] 1 WLR 352
Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society Ltd v Meyer [1959] AC 324
DHN v Borough of Tower Hamlets [1976] 3 All ER 462
Briggs v James Hardie & Co Pty Ltd (1989) 7 ACLC 841
Walker v Wimborne (1976) HCA 7
Multinational Gas and Petrochemical Company v Multinational Gas and Petrochemical Services Ltd [1983] Ch 258
Industrial Equity Ltd v Blackburn (1977) HCA 59


3.4 Piercing the corporate veil by statute


3.4.1 Insolvent trading

3.4.1(a) The company’s insolvency
Standard Chartered Bank of Australia Ltd v Antico (1995) 13 ACLC 1381
Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Freidrich (1991) 9 ACLC 5 ACSR 115

3.4.1(b) The company must ‘incur a debt’
Jelin Pty Ltd v Johnson (1987) 5 ACLC 463
Hawkins v Bank of China (1992) 10 ACLC 588
Metropolitan Fire Systems Pty Ltd v Miller (1997) 23 ACSR 699
Commissioner of State Taxation (WA) v Pollock (1993) 12 ACLC 2
Powell and Duncan v Fryer, Tonkin and Perry (2000) 18 ACLC 480
Russell Halpern Nominees Pty Ltd v Martin (1986) 4 ACLC 393.
Hussein v Good (1990) 8 ACLC 390.
Leigh-Mardon Pty Ltd v Wawn (1995) 17 ACSR 741.
Credit Corporation Australia Pty Ltd v Atkins (1999) ACSR 727

3.4.1(c) The person is a director
Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Austin (1998) 16 ACLC 1555

3.4.1(e) Consequences of a breach
ASC v Forem-Freeway Enterprises Pty Ltd (1999) 17 ACLC 511

3.4.2 Holding company liability for insolvent trading
Quintex Australia Finance Ltd v Schroders Australia Ltd (1990) 3 ACSR 267


Back to Cases and Statutes