Yeatman v Yeatman: 1877

An action was brought by a residuary legatee against her mother-in-law’s executors and another member of the family, who it was alleged, had failed to account for partnership monies to the mother-in-law.
Held: A beneficiary of a trust could not sue in the name of the trustee merely because the trustee had refused to sue, but if in a case where the trustee refused to sue the court was satisfied that it would have given liberty to the trustee to bring proceedings even though there was no certainty that the proceedings would be successful, these would in general be special circumstances in which the beneficiary could sue in his own name.
Hall VC
(1877) 7 Ch D 201
Cited by:

  • Cited – Roberts v Gill and Co and Another CA 15-Jul-2008
    The claimant sought damages in negligence against solicitors who had advised the executors in an estate of which he was a beneficiary. He now sought to amend his claim to make a claim in his personal and in derivative capacities. Sums had been paid . .
    [2008] EWCA Civ 803, Times 18-Aug-08, [2009] 1 WLR 531, [2008] WTLR 1429, [2009] PNLR 2, [2009] CP Rep 3
  • Cited – Roberts v Gill and Co Solicitors and Others SC 19-May-2010
    The claimant beneficiary in the estate sought damages against solicitors who had acted for the claimant’s brother, the administrator, saying they had allowed him to take control of the assets in the estate. The will provided that property was to be . .
    [2010] WLR (D) 130, [2010] UKSC 22, [2010] PNLR 30, [2010] WTLR 1223, [2010] 2 WLR 1227, [2011] AC 240

These lists may be incomplete.
Updated: 05 December 2020; Ref: scu.279800