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Macaura's case is depending upon the fact that Company whether private or public is distinct from his owner if he took the policy from insurance company at the name of company then he could claim for damages. Only Macaura’s company, as owner of the timber, which had the requisite insurable interest in it.

The liquidator and the other creditors objected to this, claiming that it was unfair for the person who formed and ran the company to get paid first.

However, the House of Lords held that the company was a different legal person from the shareholders, and thus Mr Salomon, as a shareholder and creditor, was totally separate in law from the company A Salomon & Co Ltd.

The principle in Salomon’s Case that a company is a legally different person from those who control it represents the current law in Ireland.

For example, if I form a company called ‘Murphy & Co Ltd’ in which I own one hundred per cent of the shares and am a director and employee, legally speaking the company and myself are two distinct people.

The plaintiff, who was the major shareholder and managing director of the company, sought to conduct the company’s defence.

The court held that while a human person can represent him or herself in court, a legal person such as a company can only be represented by a solicitor or barrister.

It is quite common in Ireland for one person to have such a variety of roles and still be a different legal entity from the company. Lee formed his crop spraying business into a limited company in which he was director, shareholder and employee. Lee was self-employed and thus not covered by the legislation. Lee and the company he had formed were separate entities, and it was possible for Mr. The following case is similar to Salomon and Lee, but the principle of separate personality worked to the disadvantage of the plaintiff.

When he was killed in a flying accident, his widow sought social welfare compensation from the State, arguing that Mr. The defendant company was involved in legal proceedings but did not have enough money for legal representation.

He sold the land and timber to a company he formed and received as consideration all the fully paid shares.

The company carried the business of felling and milling timber. Macaura had earlier insured the timber against loss of by fire in his own name. He subsequently sold the plantation to a company of which he was the only shareholder, through the purchase money remained owing to him.

Once a company or corporation is formed, the business which is carried on by the such company or corporation is the business of that company or corporation and is not the business of the citizens who get the company or corporation incorporated and the rights of the incorporated body must be judges on that footing and cannot be judged on the assumption that they are the rights attributed to the business of individual citizens.