Hill and Another v Haines: ChD 3 May 2007

The husband and wife had separated and divorced. In ancillary proceedings, the family home had been transferred to the wife under a court order. The judge had noted that the husband was hopelessly insolvent, and he was made bankrupt some time later on his own petition. The trustees appealed refusal of the court to set aside the transfer.
Held: A transfer made under such an order was not a transfer of value. Many factors of no relevance to the Insolvency Acts were to be taken into account. The wife had not given up all her rights under the Act, since a furthe rapplication remained possible. It was a transfer at an under-value, and the court did not have the discretion sought.


Pelling QC J


[2007] EWHC 1012 (Ch), Times 14-May-2007




Insolvency Act 1986 339, Matrimonial Causes Act 1993 39


England and Wales


CitedRe Thoars (Dec’d); Reid v Ramlort Ltd ChD 2003
The company claimed the benefit of an insurance policy. They had paid certain premiums and the trustee had made a declaration that it was held on trust for the company. The insured died in Scotland, intestate and insolvent.
Held: The . .
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 Abbot (A Bankrupt), ex parte Trustee Of The Property Of The Bankrupt v Abbot QBD 1983
An ancillary relief order was made in December 1978, following a compromise agreement. It provided for the sale of the former matrimonial home and the payment to the wife from the proceeds of sale of andpound;18,000. The husband was adjudicated . .
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 . .
CitedRamlort Ltd v Michael James Meston Reid CA 8-Jul-2004
The company sought to claim under a life policy. The deceased had died in Scotland insolvent. The trustee of the policy had declared that he held it on trust for the claimant, but the defendant, the judicial factor of the estate, said the . .
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 . .
CitedG v G (Minors: Custody Appeal) HL 25-Apr-1985
The House asked when a decision, on the facts, of a first instance court is so wrong as to allow it to be overturned on appeal.
Held: The epithet ‘wrong’ is to be applied to the substance of the decision made by the lower court. ‘Certainly it . .
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 . .
CitedAlbert v Albert 1996
The court considered the duty of a family court when deciding ancillary relief applications where the husband is bankrupt. Millett LJ said: ‘The Family Division is concerned to ascertain the amount of the bankrupt’s income and to decide how much of . .
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Insolvency, Family

Updated: 17 June 2022; Ref: scu.251817