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Fiduciary Duties Notes

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OVERVIEW

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RELATIONSHIPS


OF

TRUST

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CONFIDENCE


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FIDUCIARY DUTIES


Fiduciary duties are a relationship of trust or confidence - an undivided loyalty

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Fiduciary = the person who is trusted - DUTY OF LOYALTY Principal = the person whose needs are fulfilled by the fiduciary The fiduciary is precluded from acting in a way other than in the interest of the person to whom the duty to act is owed o Beach Petroleum NL v Kennedy (1999) 48 NSWLR 1. The fiduciary must act selflessly and put their own interests aside o No conflict duty o No profit duty
SS? Even if the fiduciary is acting in the best interests of the client and happens to make a profit, IT IS STILL A BREACH

* Boardman v Phipps [1967] 2 AC 46.
SS? If the principal consents, it is NOT A BREACH Fiduciary must act in good faith Fiduciary duty = togetherness

Proof of a fiduciary duty confers a cause of action or a remedy on a party that may be unavailable at common law

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More remedies available in equity o Constructive trust o Account of profits o Injunctions o Estoppel o Laches (time delay)
SS? Even though most equitable remedies do not have a stipulated time, it does not mean that they can sue whenever

* Qld Mines v Hudson

Even though there can be a close working relationship, this does not mean that there is a fiduciary relationship in place

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No conflict duty o Duty verses interest o Duty versus duty No profit duty o A person who profits at the expense of another, or whose interest conflict cannot be described as being loyal

There is an imposition of a loyalty standard

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