Israel Discount Bank of New York v Hadjipateras: CA 1983

An application was made to enforce a judgment in England. The respondent alleged that he had signed a guarantee under the undue influence of his father.
Held: The Court reversed the decision of the first instance judge. The substance of the decision is that the respondent had deliberately refrained from raising a defence in New York and was therefore not entitled to take the point in the English courts. However, in general, ‘The fact that an agreement was obtained by undue influence, duress or coercion was a reason for an English court to treat a foreign judgment based on that agreement as being invalid or to refuse to enforce the foreign judgment as being contrary to English public policy.’


[1984] 1 WLR 137, [1983] 3 All ER 129, [1983] 2 Lloyds Rep 490


England and Wales

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CitedSoleimany v Soleimany CA 4-Mar-1998
The parties were Iranian Jews, father and son. The son arranged to export carpets from Iran in contravention of Iranian law. The father and son fell into dispute about their contracts and arranged for the issues to be resolved by the Beth Din . .
CitedWhittington Hospital NHS Trust v XX SC 1-Apr-2020
A negligent delay in the diagnosis of her cancer left the clamant dependent on paid for surrogacy arrangements. Three issues were raised; could damages to fund surrogacy arrangements using the claimant’s own eggs be recovered? Second, if so, could . .
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Contract, Undue Influence

Updated: 11 October 2022; Ref: scu.219310