Powell v Powell: 1900

Strong moral pressure was applied by a stepmother to a girl who was only just twenty one.
Held: She was regarded as not really capable of dealing irrevocably with her parent or guardian in the matter of a substantial settlement. Where a solicitor is instructed to advise a person who may be subject to the undue influence of another he must bear in mind that it is not sufficient that she understands the nature and effect of the transaction if she is so affected by the influence of the other that she cannot make an independent decision of her own. It is not sufficient to explain the documentation and ensure she understands the nature of the transaction and wishes to carry it out. He must arrange independent advice if necessary.

Farwell J
[1900] 1 Ch 243
England and Wales
Cited by:
ApprovedWright v Carter CA 1903
The plaintiff sought to set aside a gift that he had made to his solicitor asserting undue influence.
Vaughan Williams LJ said: ‘. . whenever you have these fiduciary relations (and in the present case we have to deal with the particular . .
CitedRoyal Bank of Scotland v Etridge, Loftus and Another v Etridge and Another, Etridge v Pritchard Englefield (Merged With Robert Gore and Co ) Midland Bank Plc v Wallace and Another (No 2) CA 31-Jul-1998
Detailed guidance was given on the quality of independent legal advice, which would be required to be given to wives signing charges to secure their husbands’ business etc accounts on the matrimonial home. The interaction of legal advice and . .

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Undue Influence, Legal Professions

Updated: 06 December 2021; Ref: scu.224819