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    • Thread Starter

    Guys, what is a direct pecuniary interest and what does the Dimes v Grand Junction Canal case have relevant to it? Struggling to get my head around it

    Have you read the case or the entry in your textbook?

    Dimes concerns Lord Cottenham who heard the case in the CA and affirmed in favour of the company.
    It was also the fact he had a shareholding in the company, so he had a direct pecuniary interest in a case where he got to influence the outcome.
    When it went to the HL on the basis he had the interest and he should be disqualified.

    Lord Campbell
    the maxim that no man is to be a judge in his own cause should be held sacred. And that is not to be confined to a cause in which he is a party, but applies to a cause in which he has an interest.
    So because Cottenham had an interest in the case he had helped make a decision on. That would raise doubts on his impartiality, he shouldnt have sat. and he was disqualified from doing so thereby removing any potential doubts.
    • Thread Starter

    Thank you so much! You've been a massive help.
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