In Safeway Stores Ltd and others v Twigger and others, the High Court has allowed Safeway to proceed with a claim against eight former employees and directors for damages resulting from the imposition on Safeway of a £16.5 million penalty for a breach of competition law. Safeway is suing them on the basis that it was their breach of duties as employees and fiduciary duties as directors that resulted in the OFT penalty. The High Court concluded that the claim is not barred by public policy or by the principle a claimant cannot benefit from his own illegal act, because Safeway is liable only as a result of the acts of the former directors and employees.