The Equitable Life Assurance Society v Hyman: ChD 9 Sep 1999

Where a mutual life assurance company had allowed some members to acquire reasonable expectations that they would receive certain benefits under their policies, such expectations fell short of a contractual right, and where necessary, the trustees and directors retained the discretion under the articles of the company to reduce bonuses in line with investment returns.


Times 12-Oct-1999, [1999] EWHC 847 (Ch)




England and Wales

Cited by:

Appeal fromEquitable Life Assurance Society v Hyman CA 21-Jan-2000
The life company had granted policies to members which had guaranteed certain standards of bonuses. The level of reward became unsupportable and the company imposed terms restricting returns on retirement policies where policy holders sought to . .
At ChDEquitable Life Assurance Society v Hyman HL 20-Jul-2000
The directors of the Society had calculated the final bonuses to be allocated to policyholders in a manner which was found to be contrary to the terms of the policy. The language of the article conferring the power to declare such bonuses contained . .
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Financial Services, Trusts

Updated: 23 May 2022; Ref: scu.135817