Ronald v The Duke of Buccleuch

Civil procedure – Pleadings – Relevancy and specification. Court of Session: In an action in which the pursuer sued for £4.25m, claiming that was the sum agreed to be paid to him for his part in securing the return of a stolen painting under an agreement made by an undercover police officer using the assumed name 'John Craig' acting on the defender's behalf, the court, allowing a proof before answer, held that it was not clear that the pursuer's case that John Craig had actual authority from the defender to make the agreement was bound to fail, or that his case was bound to fail on grounds of illegality or public policy.

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