Trust disputes

ENGLISH HIGH COURT FINDS SETTLOR RETAINED BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP

In the latest decision in the long running Pugachev dispute, the High Court considered the effect of five trusts set up by Mr Pugachev, and whether the trusts were shams. Birss J held that he would have been prepared to … Continue reading

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Transfer into Guernsey trusts set aside on grounds of mistake despite the fact the transfer was made solely to reduce tax

The Guernsey Royal Court recently ordered, under s. 69(1)(a)(iv) of the Trusts (Guernsey) Law 2007 (the “Act“), that a transfer of shares into Guernsey trusts be set aside on grounds of mistake. This was despite the fact that the transfer … Continue reading

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When not to tell a beneficiary?

In a recently released judgment, In the matter of C Settlement [2017] JRC 035A, the Jersey Royal Court confirmed that, in principle, a trustee can withhold information from a beneficiary with capacity about his rights under a trust. However the … Continue reading

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IN THE MATTER OF THE A LIMITED FURBS AND THE B EBT [2017] 21/2017

Summary The recent case of A Limited FURBS decided in the Guernsey Royal Court provides helpful clarification on the question often faced by offshore trustees about whether to submit to the jurisdiction of a foreign court in overseas legal proceedings. … Continue reading

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Cayman courts emphasise the importance of Beddoe relief and its availability in situations where a third party claim is for an amount greater than the Trust assets.

In the case of X (as Trustee of the A Trust) v Y (beneficiary of the A Trust)[1], the court reiterated the importance for Trustees of seeking Beddoe relief before commencing or defending an action. Obtaining Beddoe relief ensures that … Continue reading

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London High Court considers trustee decision-making processes

The High Court of England and Wales has provided useful guidance for trustees generally as to the scope of their powers and the manner in which they may properly go about their decision-making processes. These issues arose in connection with … Continue reading

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“Dishonesty at its highest level and gravity” – when solicitors commit offences against client estates

This blog post will consider a number of recent cases in England where solicitors have been convicted of offences or struck off the register for misappropriating client funds from deceased estates. These shed light on the surprising levels of abuse … Continue reading

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Akers v Samba: Trusts over foreign assets

The UK Supreme Court has held that the extinction of a company's beneficial interest under a trust on the transfer of an asset by the trustee to a bona fide purchaser without notice does not constitute a "disposition" under section … Continue reading

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BVI Court of Appeal Comment on Trustees’ Duty to Account and Evidential Presumptions in Trusts

The BVI Court of Appeal has recently allowed an appeal concerning a trustee's failure to account and breach of trust.[1] The breach of trust arose as a result of the trustee making an appointment of the trust assets without considering … Continue reading

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Family dispute over the setting-up of a trust rejected because plaintiff consented to the trust at the time of establishment

In a recent case, the Singapore High Court has held that a plaintiff's agreement to the setting-up of a trust to protect a family's wealth (including the assets of a deceased family member) was a valid defence for a defendant … Continue reading

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