Lightning v Lightning Electrical Contractors Ltd: CA 1998

Mr K asserted beneficial ownership under a resulting trust over land in Scotland bought by an English company to which he had advanced the purchase price. Scots law, the lex situs of the land, did not recognise any equitable interest. The company having gone into receivership.
Held: A declaration was granted in these English proceedings that the property or its proceeds of sale were held on trust for him: ‘No event governed by Scottish law [had] occurred whereby any equity arising under English law was destroyed.’
Miller LJ said: ‘If A provides money to B, both being resident in England, to purchase landed property in his own name but for and on A’s behalf, and B does so, the consequences of that transaction are governed by English law. It would be absurd if they were governed by the law of the place where the property in question happened to be located.
Such a rule would lead to bizarre results if, for example, A’s instructions were to buy properties in more than one jurisdiction, for the consequences of the same arrangement might then be different in relation to the different properties acquired. It would also lead to bizarre results if A left it to B’s discretion to choose the property to be acquired, since that would give B the unilateral power to decide on the legal consequences of the transaction which he had entered into with A.’
Peter Gibson, Henry and Millett LJJ
(1998) 23(1) Tru LI 35
England and Wales
Citing:
Dictum approvedDeschamps v Miller 1908
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Updated: 09 February 2021; Ref: scu.640391