The Court was asked questions about the law of unjust enrichment, and one of the remedies which may be granted to reverse the effect of unjust enrichment, namely subrogation to an unpaid vendor’s lien. The bank had released its charges over property in exchange for the grant of a new charge over other property purchased … Continue reading Menelaou v Bank of Cyprus UK Ltd: CA 19 Jun 2013
The applicants sought judicial review of the respondent’s decision to support the application for admission to the Eurorpean Community of Cyprus. Held: Leave was refused: ‘the independence of Cyprus since 17th August 1960 forecloses any power in the United Kingdom courts to entertain issues which do not merely touch upon but are inseparable from the … Continue reading Regina v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs ex parte British Council of Turkish Cypriot Associations and Another: Admn 19 Mar 1998
The husband and wife had signed a bank mandate allowing the bank to act upon the authorisation of either of them. The wife complained that the bank should not be able to recover from her any sums expended by the husband. Held: The mandate extended to all borrowings on the joint account and without limit. … Continue reading Sandra Estelle Fielding v The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc: CA 11 Feb 2004
By an action for declaratory relief, a challenge was offered to the validity of the Order in Council giving effect to the 1961 Act. Held: The appeal failed. As a matter of international comity an English court should not grant declarations which would amount to an unwarranted interference in the affairs of an independent member … Continue reading Buck v Attorney General: CA 2 Jan 1965
(US Supreme Court) Underhill, a US citizen, had constructed a waterworks in Bolivar for the government which was eventually overthrown by revolutionary forces, one of whose generals was Hernandez. After Hernandez had captured Bolivar, Underhill sought to leave. Hernandez refused the request and confined Underhill to his house, in order to coerce Underhill into continuing … Continue reading Underhill v Hernandez: 29 Nov 1897
A British court can legitimately decide whether a foreign plaintiff company was lawfully incorporated. Citations: Times 25-Jun-1990 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Citing: See Also – Dubai Bank Ltd v Galadari CA 1990 A document created with a view to its being submitted to solicitors for advice does not, despite its purpose, attract privilege, even though … Continue reading Dubai Bank Ltd v Galadari and Others (No 5): 25 Jun 1990
The wife owned a Bristol property and a Cardiff property subject to a andpound;450 charge in favour of a bank with whom the title deeds had been deposited. The husband asked the plaintiff to lend him andpound;450 to pay off the mortgage. The plaintiff thought that the Bristol property belonged to the husband and did … Continue reading Butler v Rice: 1910
EAT JURISDICTIONAL POINTS By a Treaty of 1960, the UK constituted the island of Cyprus an independent state, but retained two areas of the Island as military base areas (the Sovereign Base Areas – ‘SBAs’). Civilians who were dependents of service personnel or civil servants accompanying the Armed Forces in the SBAs engaged while in … Continue reading Ministry of Defence v Holloway and Others (Jurisdictional Points): EAT 28 Jul 2015
Ban on Prisoners talking to Journalists unlawful The two prisoners, serving life sentences for murder, had had their appeals rejected. They continued to protest innocence, and sought to bring their campaigns to public attention through the press, having oral interviews with journalists without undertakings from the journalists not to publish any element of the interview. … Continue reading Regina v Secretary of State for The Home Department Ex Parte Simms: HL 8 Jul 1999
In a defamation action, issues arose as to two conflicting oil concessions which neighbouring states in the Arabian Gulf had granted over their territorial and offshore waters. The foreign relations of the United Kingdom and Iran were also involved in the dispute. The authorities concerning acts of state were reviewed for the purpose of a … Continue reading Buttes Gas and Oil Co v Hammer (No 3): HL 1981
(Interim Judgment) The respondent asylum seekers had been rescued in the Mediterranean and taken to an RAF base in Akrotiri on Cyprus, a sovereign base area. The court was now asked whether they were entitled, or should be permitted, to be resettled . .
The Duke claimed that the King of Hanover had been involved in the removal of the Duke from his position as reigning Duke and in the maladministration of his estates.
Held: ‘A foreign Sovereign, coming into this country cannot be made . .
The defendant had charged his property to the Halifax. Abbey supplied funds to secure its discharge, but its own charge was not registered. It sought to take advantage of the Halifax’s charge which had still not been removed.
Held: A mortgagee . .
The two prisoners, serving life sentences for murder, had had their appeals rejected. They continued to protest innocence, and sought to bring their campaigns to public attention through the press, having oral interviews with journalists without . .
References: (1897) 168 US 250,  USSC 197, 18 SCt 83, 42 L.Ed. 456 Links: Worldlii Coram: Fuller CJ (US Supreme Court) Fuller CJ said: ‘Every sovereign state is bound to respect the independence of every other sovereign state, and the courts of one country will not sit in judgment on the acts of the … Continue reading Underhill v Hernandez; 29 Nov 1897
A British national had been captured in Afghanistan, and was being held without remedy by US forces. His family sought an order requiring the respondent to take greater steps to secure his release or provide other assistance. Held: Such an order would question the legitimacy of the actions of a foreign sovereign state, and to … Continue reading Regina (on the application of Abassi and Another) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Another: CA 6 Nov 2002