Haines v Hill and Another: CA 5 Dec 2007

On the divorce, the husband was ordered to transfer his share in the house to the wife. On his bankruptcy shortly after, the order was confirmed. After the wife sold the property at a profit, the trustee in bankruptcy applied to set the transfer aside as a transaction at an undervalue.
Held: The starting point is consideration of the rights of spouses for financial provision and property adjustment orders under the 1973 Act.
Held: ‘The order of the court quantifies the value of the applicant spouse’s statutory right by reference to the value of the money or property thereby ordered to be paid or transferred by the respondent spouse to the applicant. In the case of such an order, whether following contested proceedings or by way of compromise, in the absence of the usual vitiating factors of fraud, mistake or misrepresentation the one balances the other. But if any such factor is established by a trustee in bankruptcy on an application under s.339 then it will be apparent that the prima facie balance was not the true one and the transaction may be liable to be set aside.’
The Chancellor
[2007] EWCA Civ 1284
Insolvency Act 1986 339, Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 39
England and Wales
CitedRe Paramount Airways Ltd (In Administration) CA 8-Apr-1992
It was said that there had been a transction at an undervalue within section 238. It was given effect by a transfer to a bank in Jersey, from which recovery was no sought. The bank claimed that the section did not have extra-territorial effect.
CitedMountney v Treharne CA 8-Aug-2002
In ancillary relief proceedings in a divorce, the husband had been ordered to transfer his interest in property to his wife. Before it was put into effect, he became insolvent. The wife and receiver competed for the interest to have been . .
CitedHarman v Glencross 1986
On the divorce, the wife applied for a property transfer order in relation to the jointly owned matrimonial home. A creditor of her husband then obtained a charging order on H’s interest. She sought its varation. The creditor said that there was . .
CitedIn Re Pope ex parte Dicksee 1908
In a post-nuptial settlement, the wife had given up all her rights in return for a transfer to her of property from her husband who was later made bankrupt.
Held: Sir Herbert Cozens-Hardy MR said: ‘I am unable to adopt the view that there must . .
CitedRe Kumar (A Bankrupt), ex parte Lewis v Kumar 1993
H had transferred his interest in the jointly owned matrimonial home to W for her promise to have sole liability for the mortgage debt. Nearly a year later her divorce claim for capital provision was dismissed by consent on the basis that H had . .
CitedIn re Abbott ChD 1983
W divorced H, and under a property adjustment order made by consent, the jointly owned matrimonial home was transferred to her outright. H was made bankrupt less than two years later, and the trustee sought a declaration that the consent order or . .
CitedIn re M C Bacon Ltd ChD 1990
A liquidator claimed that the costs of an unsuccessful attempt to set a floating charge aside should be paid out of the assets subject to the charge in priority to the claims of the charge holder.
Held: The rule was a complete statement of the . .
CitedMcMinn v McMinn 2003
A section 27 claim cannot be pursued by a surviving spouse. Black J said: ‘It is clearly established that until an ancillary relief order has been made, an ancillary relief claim is not a cause of action. This appears to be because of the . .
CitedG v G (Financial Provision Equal Division) FD 2-Jul-2002
The family assets were in the region of andpound;8.5M. The wife sought a half share. The husband proposed that she should have 40%. The husband had built the family fortune through exceptional hard work and astute business acumen in the field of . .
CitedXydhias v Xydhias CA 21-Dec-1998
The principles of contract law are of little use when looking at the course of negotiations in divorce ancillary proceedings. In the case of a dispute the court must use its own discretion to determine whether agreement had been reached. Thorpe LJ . .
CitedMiller v Miller; McFarlane v McFarlane HL 24-May-2006
Fairness on Division of Family Capital
The House faced the question of how to achieve fairness in the division of property following a divorce. In the one case there were substantial assets but a short marriage, and in the other a high income, but low capital.
Held: The 1973 Act . .
CitedDarke v Strout CA 28-Jan-2003
Abstention in exercising of a statutory right to apply for child maintenance may afford sufficient consideration to support a compromise of a contractual claim. . .
CitedEdgar v Edgar CA 23-Jul-1980
H and W separated and in 1976, without any pressure H and at the instigation of W, signed a deed of separation negotiated through solicitors. H agreed to purchase a house for W, to confer on her capital benefits worth approximately andpound;100,000, . .
CitedBanque De L’Indochine v JH Rayner (Mincing Lane) Ltd 1983
The compromise of a defence may amount to sufficient consideration for the formation of a contract. . .
CitedWhite v White HL 26-Oct-2000
The couple going through the divorce each had substantial farms and wished to continue farming. It had been a long marriage.
Held: Where a division of the assets of a family would satisfy the reasonable needs of either party on an ancillary . .
CitedThe Leonidas D 1985
The abandonment of a reference to arbitration might be sufficient consideration for the formation of a contract. . .
CitedMaclurcan v Maclurcan CA 1897
A wife sought a divorce petition for her husband’s adultery. On her application for maintenance, a sum of andpound;90 per annum was to be secured for her life on interests of the husband under two wills.
Held: The court confirmed the report . .

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Updated: 05 February 2021; Ref: scu.261801