Lowson v Coombes: CA 26 Nov 1998

A house was purchased by an unmarried couple to live together, but conveyed into the female partner’s sole name. Her partner was still married, and she feared that on his death his wife would inherit.
Held: ‘the case being one of illegality, I am of the opinion that the defendant holds one half of the beneficial interest in 1 Queenswood Road on a resulting trust for the plaintiff. ‘


Nourse LJ, Henry LJ, Walker LJ


Times 02-Dec-1998, Gazette 03-Jun-1999, [1998] EWCA Civ 1849, [1999] 2 WLR 720, [1999] 1 FLR 799, [1999] Fam Law 91, [1999] Ch 373, [1999] 2 FCR 731




England and Wales


CitedCantor v Cox 1975
An unmarried couple had lived together, and now disputed its ownership. It had been purchased in the sole name of the woman. The executrix of the will of the woman claimed possession of the house, in which the man was still living. He counterclaimed . .
CitedTinker v Tinker CA 1970
The husband bought a business in Cornwall and a house for his family. At first he intended to buy the house in his own name, but was advised that if the venture failed, the house could be taken by his creditors as part of his business assets. It was . .
CitedTinsley v Milligan HL 28-Jun-1993
Two women parties used funds generated by a joint business venture to buy a house in which they lived together. It was vested in the sole name of the plaintiff but on the understanding that they were joint beneficial owners. The purpose of the . .
CitedMuckleston v Brown 8-May-1801
‘Let the estate lie where it falls.’ . .

Cited by:

CitedCollier v Collier CA 30-Jul-2002
Fraudulent Intent Negated Trust
The daughter claimant sought possession of business premises from her father who held them under leases. He claimed an order that the property was held in trust for him. The judge that at the time the properties were conveyed, the father had been . .
CitedSQ v RQ and Another FD 31-Jul-2008
The home in which the family had lived was held in the name of a brother. Each party claimed that it was held in trust for them. Chancery proceedings had been consolidated into these ancillary relief applications. The home had been in the husband’s . .
CitedJones v Kernott SC 9-Nov-2011
Unmarried Couple – Equal division displaced
The parties were unmarried but had lived together. They now disputed the shares in which they had held the family home. It had been bought in joint names, but after Mr Kernott (K) left in 1993, Ms Jones (J) had made all payments on the house. She . .
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Land, Trusts, Equity

Updated: 13 May 2022; Ref: scu.145328