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Petrotrade Inc -v- Smith

19th Dec 1997

[2000] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 486

Stephen Hofmeyr and Charles Holroyd acted in this action involving Port agency – Vicarious liability – Constructive trust – Secret commission – Claim that second defendant in return for appointment as port agent for vessels nominated by claimant paid claimant’s former operation’s manager secret commission – Whether payments bribes – Whether second defendants vicariously liable for activities of their employees in making arrangements – Whether vicariously liable under Belgian law – Whether second defendants could be regarded as constructive trustees.