Nelson v Greening and Sykes (Builders) Ltd: CA 18 Dec 2007

The builders had obtained a charging order for the costs awarded to them in extensive litigation, and a third party costs order but without the third party having opportunity to test the bill delivered. They had agreed to sell land to the defendant, but he had required the transfer to be in a different form and in favour of the third party who had provided the funds. Eventually the transfer had been signed by the court and registered, but subject to the charging order.
Held: The appeals failed. The defendant had conducted the litigation on behalf of the third party as her trustee. After contract, and until completion, the vendor becomes in equity a trustee for the purchaser. The defendant was still such a tristee, and ‘the authorities have no application to a case where the trust property is the purchaser’s interest in land created by the existence of an executory contract for sale and purchase.’ The other party had made clear her own involvement in the matter, writing: ‘the matter between your client and me will become a long-running saga along a costly course from Dewsbury to Strasbourg.’
This is as far removed from the normal case of a trustee consulting a beneficiary as it is possible to be. This was obsessive and pointless litigation conducted by Mr Nelson with the active encouragement and support of Ms Hanley.
[2007] EWCA Civ 1358, Times 22-Jan-2008
Charging Orders Act 1979 2(1)(b)(I), Supreme Court Act 1981 51(3)
England and Wales
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CitedGrey and Another (Hunter’s Nominees) v Inland Revenue Commissioners CA 1958
Where a person who is the owner beneficially of property (and the legal estate is vested in another as trustee for him) makes a declaration of trust the practical effect amounts to the ‘getting rid of’ a trust or equitable interest then subsisting. . .
CitedEgmont v Smith CA 1877
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CitedRayner v Preston CA 8-Apr-1881
The vendors agreed to sell a house which they had insured against fire risk. The house was damaged by fire after contract but before completion, and the issue was whether the purchaser was entitled to the benefit of the insurance.
Held: . .
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The claimant had lost a libel action and been bankrupted. The defendant sought to recover his costs from those who had financially supported the claimant. He now appealed a dismissal of his request for contributions.
Held: An order for the . .
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PC (New Zealand) The claimants asserted that the respondents had wrongly terminated their franchise licence. The agreement was subject to the New South Wales law requiring good faith, but the court had not had . .
CitedGoodwood Recoveries Ltd v Breen CA 19-Apr-2005
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CitedGlobe Equities Ltd v Globe Legal Services Ltd and others and Other Actions CA 5-Mar-1999
A court which was considering ordering a third party, who was not party to the action, to pay costs in an action, should first be satisfied that it is just to do so in all the circumstances. There is no need to establish any exceptional . .
CitedGleeson v J Wippell and Co Ltd ChD 1977
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CitedJohnson v Gore Wood and Co HL 14-Dec-2000
Shareholder May Sue for Additional Personal Losses
A company brought a claim of negligence against its solicitors, and, after that claim was settled, the company’s owner brought a separate claim in respect of the same subject-matter.
Held: It need not be an abuse of the court for a shareholder . .

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Updated: 11 May 2021; Ref: scu.262880