26/05/16 The Use of ‘BEHALF’

e-legal lesson

A distinction exists between in behalf of and on behalf of. The former means “in the interest or in defense of.” For example, He fought in behalf of a just man’s reputation. The latter, on behalf of, means “as the agent of, as representative of.” For example, On behalf of the corporation, I would like to thank… / He appeared on behalf of his client.

Upon behalf of is now considered much inferior to on behalf of. E.g., “We conclude that the public interest involved in this dispute compels us to look beyond the immediate interests of the named litigants and to consider the situation of the natural gas consumers upon

[read on] whose behalf the Mississippi Power Service Commission has intervened.”