Leake (formerly Bruzzi) v Bruzzi: CA 1974

The house was purchased in the husband’s sole name with a declaration of trust in favour of the husband and wife, holding the property as joint tenants. The wife had left the matrimonial home, and the husband had paid all the mortgage instalments including interest.
Held: The declaration of trust was overriding, and subject to adjustments for matters after severance, the property was to be held in equal shares. He was given credit for the capital payments but not for interest because he had had the sole use of the home and the interest payments could be regarded as ‘something equivalent to rent or payment for use and occupation.
Ormrod LJ
[1974] 1 WLR 1528
Married Women’s Property Act 1882 17
England and Wales
Cited by:

  • Cited – Goodman v Gallant CA 30-Oct-1985
    The court reviewed the conflicting authorities with regard to the creation of trusts and held that the overwhelming preponderance of authority was that, in the absence of any claim for rectification or rescission, provisions in a conveyance . .
    [1986] Fam 106, [1985] EWCA Civ 15, [1986] 1 FLR 513, [1986] 2 WLR 236
  • Cited – Byford v Butler; In re Byford deceased ChD 10-Jun-2003
    The house was owned in joint names. The husband became bankrupt, and the wife continued to pay the mortgage as to interest and capital. The trustee sought a declaration as to the ownership of the interests in the house. After the husband died, the . .
    [2003] EWHC 1267 (Ch), Times 13-Jun-03, Gazette 19-Jun-03, Gazette 14-Aug-03, [2004] 1 FLR 56, [2004] Fam Law 14, [2003] BPIR 1089, [2004] 2 FCR 454, [2004] 1 P and CR 12
  • Cited – Clarke v Harlowe ChD 12-Aug-2005
    The parties lived together. They acquired between them several properties of which the last was declared to be held as joint tenants. The relationship broke down. The parties now sought a declaration as to the destination of the proceeds of sale, . .
    [2005] EWHC B20 (Ch)

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Updated: 01 December 2020; Ref: scu.181826