Re Van Gruisen’s Will Trusts: ChD 1964

The court considered the extent of its discretion to vary the provisions of a trust.
Held: The Court should ask whether, if the persons on whose behalf consent is to be given were themselves competent and reasonable, the bargain is one that they would enter It does not follow from the fact of benefit to unborns that the arrangement must be approved.
Ungoed-Thomas J said: ‘It is shown that actuarially the provisions for the infants and unborn persons are more beneficial for them under the arrangement than under the present trusts of the will. But that does not conclude the case. The court is not merely concerned with this actuarial calculation, even assuming that it satisfies the statutory requirement that the arrangement must be for the benefit of the infants and unborn persons. The court is also concerned whether the arrangement as a whole, in all the circumstances, is such that it is proper to approve it. The court’s concern involves, inter alia, a practical and businesslike consideration of the arrangement, including the total amounts of the advantages which the various parties obtain, and their bargaining strength.’


Ungoed-Thomas J


[1964] 1 WLR 449


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedGoulding and Goulding v James and Daniel CA 10-Dec-1996
The family sought approval of a proposed variation of the will to make best advantage of tax allowances. Because the beneficial interests of children would be affected, the court’s approval was necessary. The judge had refused to approve the . .
CitedWright and Another v Gater and Others ChD 7-Nov-2011
The beneficiary, a child was to inherit estates of his grandparents and parents, all of which were intestate. An application was made to vary the provisions in order to reduce the liability to Inheritance Tax.
Held: A deferment of vesting . .
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Updated: 01 May 2022; Ref: scu.241676