Sundt Wrigley Co Ltd v Wrigley: CA 23 Jun 1993

In an asset freezing order, where the defendant seeks leave to discharge liabilities, the nature of the plaintiff’s interest makes a difference. The court distinguished between cases where the plaintiff has a proprietary claim in the frozen assets and where he does not.
Sir Thomas Bingham MR said: ‘In the Mareva case, since the money is the defendant’s subject to his demonstrating that he has no other assets with which to fund the litigation, the ordinary rule is that he should have resort to the frozen funds in order to finance his defence. In the proprietary case, however, the judgment is a more difficult one because in the plaintiff’s contention the money on which the defendant wishes to rely to finance his litigation is not the defendant’s money at all but represents money which is held on trust for the plaintiff. That, of course, gives rise to an obvious risk of injustice if the plaintiff, successful at the end of the day, finds that his own money has been used to finance an unsuccessful defence. As these authorities make plain, a careful and anxious judgment has to be made in a case where a proprietary claim is advanced by the plaintiff as to whether the injustice of permitting the use of the funds by the defendant is out-weighed by the possible injustice to the defendant if he is denied the opportunity of advancing what may of course turn out to be a successful defence.’
Sir Thomas Bingham MR
Unreported, 23 June 1993, [1993] Lexis Citation 1664
England and Wales
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See AlsoSundt Wrigley and Co Limited v Wrigley and others CA 19-Feb-1998
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CitedXX and Others v YY and Others ChD 2-Jul-2021
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Updated: 30 October 2021; Ref: scu.241552