Portman Building Society v Dusangh and Others: CA 19 Apr 2000

The defendant sought to set aside an order for possession under a mortgage.
Held: Where a case was strong enough on its face in terms of conduct and terms, unconscionable conduct could be inferred if there was no explanation offered to displace that inference.
Ward LJ, Millett LJ
[2000] Lloyd’s LR 19, [2000] EWCA Civ 142, [2000] 2 All ER (Comm) 221
Bailii
England and Wales
Citing:
CitedBarclays Bank Plc v O’Brien and Another HL 21-Oct-1993
The wife joined in a charge on the family home to secure her husband’s business borrowings. The husband was found to have misrepresented to her the effect of the deed, and the bank had been aware that she might be reluctant to sign the deed.
CitedCredit Lyonnais Bank Nederland NV v Burch CA 1-Jul-1996
A Bank was to assume that undue influence existed where they knew that an employee was giving security for his employer’s debt to the bank. An unlimited guarantee given by an employee to his employer’s bank was set aside as unconscionable. The . .
CitedEarl of Aylesford v Morris 1873
One party to a contract knew of the other’s insanity.
Held: The contract of a lunatic is voidable not void. ‘Fraud’ in equity does not mean, and nor is it confined to, deceit; ‘it means an unconscientious use of power arising out of the . .
CitedCresswell v Potter ChD 1978
When looking at cases of unconscionable conduct, the modern equivalent of `poor and ignorant’ might be `a member of the lower income group … less highly educated’. . .
CitedFry v Lane, re Fry, Whittet v Bush CA 1889
Sales of reversionary interests at considerable undervalues by poor and ignorant persons were set aside. ‘The result of the decisions is that where a purchase is made from a poor and ignorant man at a considerable undervalue, the vendor having no . .
CitedClark v Malpas 25-Apr-1862
The court found a contract to be an unconscionable bargain where a poor and illiterate man was induced to enter into a transaction of an unusual nature, without proper independent advice, and in great haste; and the resulting transaction has been, . .
CitedLloyds Bank plc v Bundy CA 1974
‘Broadchalke is one of the most pleasing villages in England. Old Herbert Bundy, the defendant, was a farmer there. His home was at Yew Tree Farm. It went back for 300 years. His family had been there for generations. It was his only asset. But he . .
CitedMultiservice Bookbinding Ltd v Marden ChD 1978
To have a transaction set aside as a harsh and unconscionable bargain, a party would have to show not only that the terms of the transaction were harsh or oppressive, but also moral unfairness. Browne-Wilkinson J said: ‘In my judgment a bargain . .
CitedAlec Lobb (Garages) Ltd v Total Oil Ltd QBD 1983
To establish that a contract was unconscionable, a party had to have made an unconscientious use of its superior position or superior bargaining power to the detriment of someone suffering from some special disability or disadvantage. This weakness . .
CitedHart v O’Connor PC 22-Apr-1985
Effect of insanity on making of contract
(New Zealand) The parties disputed the effect in law of an agreement for the sale of land. The transferor had proved not to be of sound mind.
Held: The validity of a contract entered into by a lunatic who is ostensibly sane is to be judged by . .
CitedMultiservice Bookbinding Ltd v Marden ChD 1978
To have a transaction set aside as a harsh and unconscionable bargain, a party would have to show not only that the terms of the transaction were harsh or oppressive, but also moral unfairness. Browne-Wilkinson J said: ‘In my judgment a bargain . .
CitedHart v O’Connor PC 22-Apr-1985
Effect of insanity on making of contract
(New Zealand) The parties disputed the effect in law of an agreement for the sale of land. The transferor had proved not to be of sound mind.
Held: The validity of a contract entered into by a lunatic who is ostensibly sane is to be judged by . .
CitedCommercial Bank of Australia Ltd v Amadio 1983
(Australia) ‘it is necessary for the plaintiff who seeks relief to establish unconscionable conduct, namely that unconscientious advantage has been taken of his disabling condition or circumstances’ Deane J: ‘Unconscionable dealing looks to the . .
CitedBoustany v Piggott PC 1995
In discussing what was said to be unconscionable contract, the Board accepted that ‘It is not sufficient to attract the jurisdiction of equity to prove that a bargain is hard, unreasonable or foolish; it must be proved to be unconscionable, in the . .

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CitedBarclay’s Bank Plc v Varenka Goff CA 3-May-2001
The respondent executed an all monies charge over her property to secure the liability of companies in which she had no direct interest. The bank insisted that she employ solicitors to give her independent advice. The bank sought to enforce its . .

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Updated: 02 January 2021; Ref: scu.147175