Equity, volunteers and unconstituted trusts: Certainty of subject matter

Mark Pawlowski considers whether a volunteer can enforce a promise to settle property Fletcher highlights the difficulty in any particular case in determining whether or not there is an intention to create a trust of the promise. In most cases the requisite intention will be absent and, therefore, will prove fatal to the existence of …
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Gifts: When to perfect the imperfect

Is it a gift or resulting trust? Stephanie Wookey discusses a case which elucidates what is required for a complete gift ‘Clear words of a gift are not only required to the intended donee but also to any third party involved in giving effect to that intended gift.’ In August 2019, Murray J ruled in …
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Trusts: Sub-trusts and formality

Is a sub-trust a disposition for the purposes of s53(1)(c) of the Law of Property Act 1925? Mark Pawlowski and James Brown assess the current position ‘When an intermediate trustee makes a declaration of trust of their equitable interest, they do not deprive themselves of that interest but simply create a second equitable interest held …
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Sheffield v Sheffield & ors [2013] EWHC 3927 (Ch)

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | July/August 2014 #141

John Vincent Sheffield (JVS) and his wife Ann Sheffield bought 1,000 acres of land in Hampshire in 1968 as tenants in common, with JVS owning 25% and Ann 75% (the 1968 settlement). The land included two farms, numerous residential properties and some shooting rights over adjoining land. Ann died in 1969 and left JVS a life interest in her estate and thereafter to their son Julian. In 1971 JVS married France (who predeceased him) and he lived on the estate until his death in May 2008.

In May 1976 JVS agreed a farming partnership of the farming land on the estate. JVS was entitled ...

Cheung & ors v Worldcup Investments Inc & ors WTLR(w) 2009-03

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