Scott v Bridge and Others: ChD 25 Nov 2020

Claim to recover money and property said to have been transferred by the claimant to the defendants or one or more of them. The money concerned came from a bank account belonging to the claimant. The property concerned consisted of two dwelling-houses, one which the claimant had inherited from her parents, and in which she lived until recently, and one which was acquired by the first and second defendants under the social housing right to buy scheme. The claims are based variously on the doctrines of unjust enrichment, undue influence, resulting and constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel, and mistake.
Held: Although the claimant was entitled to judgment for the sum of pounds 89,500 on unjust enrichment principles, she was not entitled to a proprietary claim as against the third defendant’s bank account or its traceable proceeds.


HHJ Paul Matthew


[2020] EWHC 3116 (Ch)




England and Wales


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Gift of Chattel to be Completed by Delivery
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CitedIn re Diplock CA 1948
S 26 of the Act of 1939 would operate to postpone the running of time in the case of an action at common law to recover money paid under a mistake of fact, and would likewise apply to an analogous claim in equity to recover money paid under a . .
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CitedBank of Cyprus UK Ltd v Menelaou SC 4-Nov-2015
The bank customers, now appellants, redeemed a mortgage over their property, and the property was transferred to family members, who in turn borrowed from the same lender. A bank employee simply changed the name on the mortgage. This was ineffective . .
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Simple interest only on rate swap damages
The bank had paid money to the local authority under a contract which turned out to be ultra vires and void. The question was whether, in addition to ordering the repayment of the money to the bank on unjust enrichment principles, the court could . .
PreferredShalson and others v Russo and others ChD 11-Jul-2003
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CitedThe Prudential Assurance Company Ltd v HM Revenue and Customs CA 19-Apr-2016
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Estoppel, Undue Influence, Evidence

Updated: 04 May 2022; Ref: scu.656364