Yerkey v Jones: 1939

The relationship of husband and wife is not enough of itself to raise a presumption of undue influence. The Court of Chancery was not blind to the opportunities of obtaining and unfairly using influence over a wife which the husband often possesses. But there is nothing unusual or strange in a wife, from motives of affection or for other reasons, conferring substantial financial benefits on her husband. Although there is no presumption the court will nevertheless note, as a matter of fact, the opportunities for abuse which flow from a wife’s confidence in her husband. The court will take this into account with all the other evidence in the case.
Dixon J
(1939) 63 CLR 649
Cited by:

  • Cited – Barclays Bank Plc v O’Brien and Another HL 21-Oct-1993
    The wife joined in a charge on the family home to secure her husband’s business borrowings. The husband was found to have misrepresented to her the effect of the deed, and the bank had been aware that she might be reluctant to sign the deed.
    Gazette 17-Dec-93, Times 22-Oct-93, Independent 22-Oct-93, [1993] 3 WLR 786, [1994] 1 AC 180, [1993] 4 All ER 417, [1993] UKHL 6

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Updated: 04 December 2020; Ref: scu.180581