A Less Beneficial Interest

Thompson v Hurst [2012] EWCA Civ 1752 This is a rather fact specific case which shows application of the principles of Stack v Dowden and Kernott v Jones. Our report on Kernott which covers the whole debate is here. Background H was the tenant of a local authority and had been since 1983. In 1985 […]

Intention, intention, intention

Wright v Wright [2010] EWHC 1808 (Ch) is a near perfect example of a fundamental principle of property law, which we tutors seek to ingrain into our students (mostly, it must be said, with limited success, having looked at hundreds of exam scripts), that intention is what determines the type of interest created or transferred […]

Less than ambulatory intentions

Kernott v Jones [2010] EWCA Civ 578 This was the Court of Appeal hearing, on a second appeal, of a case on equitable interests in a property. We reported the first appeal to the High Court and were uneasy about the outcome of that appeal, which seemed to turn more on an idea of fairness […]

Imputed fairness?

Jones v Kernott [2009] EWHC 1713 (Ch) [not on Bailii yet] was an appeal from the County Court on a Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 case. At issue is the question of fairness and whether and how far a change in common intention can be inferred or imputed. Ms Jones and […]

Constructive trust and misrepresentation

Qayyum v Hameed & Anor [2009] EWCA Civ 352 is a case with a complicated background – it originated in the collapse of BCCI, for heaven’s sake – but thankfully, the issues in this appeal were relatively straightforward, if novel. In 1991 Mr & Mrs Qayyum jointly purchased a house. In July 1991, Mr Q […]

Tis aw a muddle

A reminder, if one was needed, of the perils and pitfalls of constructive trust cases can be found in Elithorn v Poulter & Others [2008] EWCA Civ 1364 The problems in this case were not just the confused and confusing evidence (not only that of Dr Elithorn, who acted in person, but also the documentary […]

Agreements and constructive trust

Parris v Williams [2008] EWCA Civ 1147 was an appeal against an order that Mr Williams had 100% beneficial interest in one of two flats to which legal title was held by Mr Parris. It is of interest because it contains a challenge to the ways in which a constructive trust can be found to […]