Hill v Archbold: CA 1968

Denning LJ said: ‘Much maintenance is considered justifiable today which would in 1914 have been considered obnoxious. Most of the actions in our courts are supported by some association or other, or by the State itself. Comparatively a few litigants bring suits, or defend them at their own expense. Most claims by workmen against their employers are paid for by a trade union. Most defences of motorists are paid for by insurance companies. This is perfectly justifiable and is accepted by everyone as lawful, provided always that the one who supports the litigation, if it fails, pays the costs of the other side’.
Danckwerts LJ said: ‘the law of maintenance depends upon the question of public policy, and public policy . . is not a fixed and immutable matter. It is a conception which, if it has any sense at all, must be alterable by the passage of time.’


Denning, Danckwerts LJJ


[1968] 1 QB 686


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