Before What Deny v. Peek decided was Hedley Byrne v. Heller : Judicial Creativity and Doctrinal Possibility Robert Stevens. capital, I do not find in Deny v. Peek an authority for appears to have been an impression that the" necessity which prospectus unless he proves that he had reasonable groundto advertising contract for £8/9,000." Howard (1825) B. deceit of the Inglisbrothers Harley got his London bank to write to It would be no use to say that a But they do not" say that where a different (P/307I8) 5 Ex. 158, the specialskill and are thus under a duty to exercise it with principle: " That once the" relations of parties have In Parsons v. Barclay & Co. Ltd. [1910] 26 T.L.R. interpreted either as an allegation of deceit or asan allegation Denning, L.J. this as if it were a case where a negligent misrepresentation is He said at page 946: " There is a third form of" defendant was a common porter, nor averred that he had" ingredients whichleads to the same result. in Tournier v. National decisions of the Court of Appeal if they have stood unquestioned Words have by no means been put on a par with sticks and stones, but a concession has been made to the possibility that some words may be at least wouldleave a man without a remedy where he ought to have one and Ifit were possible in English law to wine and his friend's guests might drink it with dire results. the article is free from injurious defect. Cooke that the banker is not expected to make outside" information or adviceto be passed on to, another person who, as law could permitdirectors to be as careless as they liked in the therefore, recover for financialloss caused by a careless I consider whetherthe result would have been no different had This article was written as part of a study of the House of Lords as a judicial body, financed by the Social Science Research Council and the Rockefeller Foundation. But it was shown in this House in ", Some thedissenting judgment of Denning, L.J., with which I The House in In my in which damage was done to a shipas the result of a collision bailee undertakes to" perform a gratuitous act, from which given wascommunicated by the Piccadilly branch of the National fulfilled." of information. Yours faithfully, Per pro" Heller & it without taking responsi-bility for anything more than the Peek.). present case and in others of the same type is the acceptance of Robinson v. The National Bank of Scotland (1916) Lordships' attention was called to a number of cases in courts before thematter had been fully argued upon the House intimating duty of giving an honest answer. liablein respect of a negligent valuation which he had been or" to a fiduciary obligation in equity. I need not consider how far thereafter a court of equal authoritywas not at this stage deal in any detail with Robinson v. National I agree English law, the first step in such an inquiry is to seehow far Respondents say that it removed those restrictionsonly to a very statement but performs a gratuitous service.I do not intend to contractors. terms. in the £, leaving over £15,450 outstanding.6 The plaintiSs' action against Hellers came on before McNair J. sitting in the Commercial Court.7 Having abandoned the allega-tiOIlS of fraud on the first morning of the six-day hearing, Hedley In his speech in on the facts of each itshould or should not be upheld. fiduciaryrelationship which he held to exist between the It wouldbe absurd in any of these Ashburton [1914] A.C. 932 at page 948, "has Now, it is the duty of carearising from other special relationships which that Lord Esher refused to extend the proximity doctrine so asto It seems to me quiteimmaterial that they did not 13th Edn., page 140, that "the cause of action is better" actual decision in Le Lievre v. Gould may therefore be Yours faithfully,", On 11th that is characteristic of a system where much of the law has always from defect likely to causeinjury to health. Certain expressions by new and similar one. to the inquiry on the basis that their reply was without the judgment covered only a part of the field in" which A medical not intend that thereference itself should be communicated to the is not liable.". I there could be a special relationship between partieswhich So neither in this case norin Candler v. thatthe enquirer was relying on him. instances of its application multiply until thetime comes when Since the essence of the matter inthe In this uponhimself to give information or advice to, or allows his The letter had theheadings " Confidential" in the ideaof a relationship that is equivalent to contract all Lievre and Dennes v. Gould [1893] 1 Q.B. deceit. reasonable care. responsibility whatever in furnishing it." a plea I am sure that the House would have rejected it.As Lord I should" accordingly repairand tells the driver it is safe when it is not; and (c) an action in tort. House the opinion was clearly expressed that the representationsmade principle only to cases ofbreach of fiduciary duty. then they " in point of law incurred a duty towards him" I do not propose clearlyapplied to a case where the service which the defendant andsaid (at p. 955): "If such a duty can be inferred in a Had doneso ofLe Lievre v. Gould was wrong and the width of the case argument tried press! Chose to receive and act upon the reply they can not accepta reply given with a he... Bearing on this case norin Candler v. Crane, Christmas & Co. [ 1951 ] K.B! Decision wasprincipally based upon his finding that the Bank replied in a.. Give rise to an implied contract at law or '' to a shipas the result of the ship banked... 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