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Law and Accounting (RLE Accounting)

Pre-1889 British Legal Cases, 1st Edition

Edited by Jean Margo Reid


182 pages

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This book contains edited versions of thirty British legal cases involving accounting issues decided from 1849-1888. These cases are a valuable source of information about the development of accounting principles and practices in nineteenth-century Great Britain. The thirty cases show that the court decisions involved a rich variety of accounting issues. In some cases courts upset private contractual stipulations regarding accounting and dividend matters. In others, management was held to have used incorrect principles in computing profits. Whether or not a contract or management decision was upset, the courts often discussed at some length the principles that management should apply in the preparation of balance sheets or income statements. It is therefore obvious that in resolving issues of equity among participants in British companies, the courts were applying normative accounting principles.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Burnes v. Pennell (1949) 2. Ex parte Spackman (1849) 3. Ex parte Holme (1852) 4. Ex parte Brockwell (1857) 5. Henry v. The Great Norther Railway Company (1857) 6. Corry v. The London derry and Enniskillen Railway Company (1860) 7. Bale v. Cleland (1864) 8. MacDougall v. Jersey Imperial Hotel Co. Ltd (1864) 9. Binney v. The Ince Hall Coal and Cannel Company (1866) 10. Bloxam v. Metropolitan Railway Company (1868) 11. Rishton v. Grissell (1868) 12. Turquand v. Marshall (1868) 13. Stringer’s Case (1869) 14. Rance’s Case (1870) 15. Mills v. Norther Railway of Buenos Ayres Company (1870) 16. Salisbury v. Metropolitan Railway Company (1), (1869) 17. Salisbury v. Metropolitam Railway Company (2), (1870) 18. Bardwell v. Sheffield Waterworks Company (1872) 19. Lord Rokeby V. Elliot (1878) 20. Davison v. Gillies (1879) 21. Dent v. The London Tramways Company Ltd (1881) 22. City of Glasgow Bank v. Mackinnon (1882) 23. Flitcroft’s Case (18823) 24. In re Alexandra Palace Company (1882) 25. Lambert v. The Neuchatel Asphalte company Ltd (1882) 26. In re Frank Mills Mining Company (1883) 27. In re Oxford Benefit Building and Investment Society (1886) 28. Midland Land and Investment Corporation Ltd (1886) 29. Leeds Estate, Building and Investment Company v. Shepherd (1887) 30. Kehoe v. The Waterford and Limerick Railway Company (1888).

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Routledge Library Editions: Accounting

Accounting carries with its history a vast number of ideas which have slowly developed along with it.

The re-issued volumes in this set, available individually or as a set, together represent an unparalleled opportunity to build a library according to research interests or student requirements. They discuss the following:

  • history of accounting and the development of accounting theory
  • analysis of international accounting principles and international group accounting
  • accounting practice and the presentation & interpretation of accounts
  • inflation accounting and cash budgets and funds flow
  • the regulatory framework of accounting in the UK, China, and the USA
  • comparisons with international accounting standards.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Accounting / General