Legal Trivia Quiz #55

There are a number of cases which are very well known for the important legal principles that they have decided but often the backstory is forgotten. This month we look at some trivia from some of Britain’s most famous cases.

1. Salomon v A Salomon Co Ltd is the foundational case for the doctrine of the corporate veil (now pierced in many varied ways – but that is another story). The case started out at first instance under a different title with a different named plaintiff. Who was the named plaintiff at first instance?

A. Broderick

B. Broderip

C. Batcheldor

D. Britain

2. Donoghue v Stevenson is the leading case establishing the principles of duty of care in tort. Mrs Donoghue famously claimed to have found the decomposed remains of a snail in what type of drink?

A. Ginger ale

B. Pale ale

C. Ginger beer

D. Beer

3. The Anton Piller order which orders a defendant to allow the search of its premies and seizure of documents and items gets it name from the case Anton Piller KG v Manufacturing Processes Ltd. Who/what was the original Anton Piller?

A. A ship (owned by Anton Piller KG)

B. A person, Mr Anton Piller, the founder Anton Piller KG

C. The Anton Piller, a famous medieval monument located in Anton, Bulgaria

4. The Mareva injunction along with the Anton Piller Order is one of the nuclear weapons of the law. The Mareva was a ship owned by the plaintiff. What type of cargo was she carrying on the voyage that gave rise to the case?

A. Oil

B. Grain

C. Wood chips

D. Fertilizer

5. The Norwich Pharmacal order is so named for a company founded in Norwich. Where is that town located?

A. Norfolk, England

B. Ontario, Canada

C. New York State, United States

D. Connecticut, United States

6. Carlill v Carbolic Smokeball, is the leading case on liability for puffery. What ailment afflicted Mrs Carlill that puffing on the smokeball was meant to prevent?

A. Arthirtis

B. Rheumatism

C. The common cold

D. Influenza

7. Mr Woolmington who was the defendant in Woolmington v DPP was accused of which crime?

A. Fraud

B. Murder

C. Treason

D. Kidnapping

8. PJS v News Group is a landmark decision on the right to privacy of the UK Supreme Court. PJS’s husband is a famous in what capacity?

A. Actor

B. Politician

C. Sportsman

D. Singer

9. The House of Lords decision in American Cyanamid v Ethicon established the basic test to be applied as to whether to grant an interlocutory injunction. The case involved a claim for infringement of a patent for what type of product?

A. A pharmaceutical

B. An industrial chemical

C. A type of sanitary napkin

D. A surgical product

10. Central London Property Trust Ltd v High Trees House Ltd which established the doctrine of promissory estoppel involved an agreement to reduce rent due to what cause?


B. The Great Depression


D. Brexit

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Answers to Legal Trivia Quiz #54

1. B. NPJ means Non Permanent Judge in Hong Kong

2. A. DHCJ means Deputy High Court Judge

3. C. MR means the Master of the Rolls

4. B. The post nominal initials for the Lord Chief Justice of Engand and Wales are CJ.

5. D. There is no President of the Hong Kong Court of Appeal (although, strangely, there are three Vice Presidents).

6. C. In Sri Lanka, PC is used to inidicate a President’s Counsel (the equivalent of a Senior Counsel).

7. D. The initial C is used for the Chancellor of the High Court

8. A. The Chief Baron of the Exchequer was known as LCB.

9. B. In the Hong Kong Full Court, PJ was used to indicate the Presiding Judge. The Chief Justice did not necessarily preside over the Full Court. The rules provided prior to WWII that the more senior of the Chief Justice or Chief Judge of the British Supreme Court for China would preside.

10. B. Historically, SL stood for Serjeant at Law.

There was no winner of last month's Legal Trivia Quiz #54



Mr. Clark is a barrister (and former solicitor) practising in Hong Kong. His practice focuses primarily on intellectual property and related areas.  From September 2016, he has been appointed an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong to teach the IP LLM course. Mr. Clark is General Editor and a co-author ofIntellectual Property Rights: Hong Kong SAR and the People’s Republic of China and author of Patent Litigation in China. He has also published a history of British and American extraterritoriality in China, Gunboat Justice