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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Friday, August 5, 2022

Tan on Corporate Attribution and Constructive Trusts

Weiming Tan (National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law) has posted The Law at an Intersection: A Meeting of Attribution, Criminal Law, and the Constructive Trust (Forthcoming in the Modern Law Review (2022)) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
The principles of corporate attribution have always been a complex area of law, rife with uncertainty and controversy. The recent Supreme Court’s decision in Crown Prosecution Service v Aquila Advisory Ltd is notable for clarifying the scope of the principle as articulated in its previous decision of Bilta (UK) Ltd v Nazir. This time, however, the Supreme Court was confronted with an issue that was hitherto unaddressed by previous courts: whether proprietary rights to which a principal would otherwise be entitled against his fiduciary could be asserted in the face of confiscation orders obtained by the Crown Prosecution Service against the fiduciary under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. This article argues that the reasoning and outcome in this significant decision are unsatisfactory.

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