Curran v Collins [2015] EWCA Civ 404

March 2016 #157

This was an appeal against a decision that Ms Curran, the appellant, had not acquired a beneficial interest in property in the sole name of Mr Collins, the respondent. Mr Collins and Ms Curran were in a relationship from about 1978 until 2010. However, she did not move in to live with Mr Collins until 2002, having maintained a close relationship with her own family.

From about 1994 onwards, the couple bred Airedale terriers. Over the course of the relationship, Mr Collins owned three properties in his sole name, referred to as the Bendfont flat, the Feltham house and The Haven. He...

DL v A Local Authority & ors [2012] EWCA Civ 253

December 2012 #125

Mr and Mrs L were an elderly married couple who, at the relevant time, were living with DL, their middle aged son, in the family home. Neither were at that time incapable, by reason of any impairment of, or disturbance in the functioning of, the mind or brain, of managing their own affairs within the meaning of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). However, the local authority, which was concerned about alleged threatening and controlling behaviour on the part of DL, sought and obtained injunctive relief to protect Mr and Mrs L. Evidence obtained by the official solicitor concluded that bo...

Swain Mason & anr v Mills & Reeve [2012] EWCA Civ 498

December 2012 #125

The claimants appealed from Arnold J’s decision to dismiss their claim in professional negligence brought against the defendant firm of solicitors. The defendant cross appealed against the judge’s order that the claimants’ pay 50% of the defendant’s costs.

Mr Christopher Swain owned 72.4% of the shares in Swains International plc. By 2006, Mr Swain had withdrawn from full-time management and spent most of his time in Thailand. Mr Swain had a history of ill health, including diabetes and heart disease. Each of his four daughters (who, together with Mr Swain...

Gallarotti v Sebastianelli [2012] EWCA Civ 865

November 2012 #124

Mr Gallarotti (G) and Mr Sebastianelli (S) had been friends since 1988. They moved to London to make their careers and habitually rented flats together, both contributing towards the outgoings. In 1997 they took the step of buying a flat (the flat) together, although it was transferred into S’s sole name. The total cost was £188,287.44. S contributed £86,500 and G contributed £26,896.20. The remainder was met by a mortgage taken out by S and against which G agreed to postpone any interest he might have.

No written agreement existed to establish an express declaration of trus...