The rule in Lumley v Gye is best explained on the basis that contractual rights carry with them a secondary right good against the rest of the world that they do not induce its infringement. The serpent was worse than Eve, and it is a wrong to undermine the bond of trust between persons upon which promises rely by procuring their breach. There is no general principle of accessory liability for wrongs committed by others. The most closely related wrong is found in equity: dishonest assistance in a breach of fiduciary duty.
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