In Re Rhodesia Goldfields Ltd: ChD 1910

Partridge, a director of the company who held some of its debenture stock, was facing a serious misfeasance claim which had not yet been resolved. Set-off was therefore not available.
Held: Payment of what was due to Partridge and his assignees was therefore deferred until the claim against him was resolved.
Swinfen Eady J said: ‘it would be a strange travesty of equity to hold that in distributing the fund Partridge was entitled to be paid at once all that was due to him out of the company’s money, and subsequently to find, after it had been established that he owed money to the fund, that the amount could not be recovered from him.’
He went on to discuss the rule in Cerry v Boultbee, saying: ‘The rule is of general application that where an estate is being administered by the Court, or where a fund is being distributed, a party cannot take anything out of the fund until he has made good what he owes to the fund . . a person entitled to participate in and bound to contribute to the same fund cannot receive the benefit without discharging the obligation.’


Swinfen Eady J


[1910] 1 Ch 239


England and Wales


AppliedCherry v Boultbee HL 22-Nov-1839
B died having made a will leaving a fund to pay income to A who owed her money but had been made bankrupt before the death. The debt to B remained unpaid.
Held: The liability to pay the debt and the right to receive the legacy had never tested . .

Cited by:

CitedBrazzill and Others v Willoughby and Others CA 27-May-2010
The regulated bank Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Ltd (KSF) was in financial difficulties. The Bank of England required KSF to credit to a trust account all future deposits. KSF later went into insolvency. Some deposits had been credited to the . .
CitedIn re Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Ltd SC 19-Oct-2011
The bank had been put into administrative receivership, and the court was now asked as to how distributions were to be made, and in particular as to the application of the equitable rule in Cherry v Boultbee in the rule against double proof as it . .
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Trusts, Insolvency

Updated: 11 May 2022; Ref: scu.416575