Aluminium Industrie Vaassen B V v Romalpa Aluminium Ltd: ChD 11 Feb 1975

The plaintiffs sold aluminium to the defendant and by a clause in the contract retained their title in the materials sold until payment was received. The purchaser went into insolvent receivership, and the seller sought recovery of the equipment and proceeds of sale of articles made from the materials. The defendants allowed that they had been bailees of the material supplied by the plaintiffs until all debts were paid, but claimed that this was overridden by sales to bona fide purchasers.
Held: The clause showed an intention to create a fiduciary arrangement between seller and buyer, and the plaintiffs were entitled to recover the proceeds of sales to third parties.

Mocatta J
[1976] 1 WLR 676
England and Wales
CitedKing v Hutton CA 1900
‘The most compelling indicator for or against a trusteeship of an agent’s receipts is the nature of the account agreed to be kept by the agent with his principal. If, after each individual transaction or group of related transactions he effects for . .
CitedHenry v Hammond KBD 1913
Channell J said: ‘It is clear that if the terms upon which the person receives the money are that he is bound to keep it separate, either in a bank or elsewhere, and to hand that money so kept as a separate fund to the person entitled to it, then he . .
CitedIn re Hallett’s Estate; Knatchbull v Hallett CA 1880
Where a trustee of a policy used money received from others to make payment of premiums on an insurance policy, they would be entitled to a lien on the policy. Where an asset was acquired exclusively with trust money, the beneficiary could either . .
CitedIn re Diplock’s estate CA 1948
After considering a situation in which trust money had been applied in making alterations to the property of an innocent third party but had not added to the value of the property,
Held: The origin of the equitable rules of tracing were . .

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Updated: 01 November 2021; Ref: scu.174718