Harold Holdsworth & Co (Wakefield) Ltd v Caddies

Harold Holdsworth & Co (Wakefield) Ltd v Caddies [1955] 1 WLR 352 is a UK company law case, concerning the proper interpretation of a company's articles. It held that someone with the title of "managing director" has no special powers, unless the articles say them expressly.

Harold Holdsworth & Co (Wakefield) Ltd v Caddies
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CourtHouse of Lords
Citation(s)[1955] 1 WLR 352
Company constitution, managing director


Mr Holdsworth became the managing director of the textile company after a buyout. But then the parent became dissatisfied and purported to move his duties to a subsidiary. He sued for breach of contract.


Earl Jowitt held that the position of managing director did not have some special company law meaning. So the appointment clause was broad enough that if he remained any old director, there was no breach of agreement.

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