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Trustees duty to account

Trustees duty to account

Postby dls » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:15 pm

Ultraframe (UK) Ltd -v- Fielding, Northstar Systems Ltd, Seaquest Systems Ltd etc - ChD - 27-Jul-2005 - Mr Justice Lewison ([2005] EWHC 1638 (Ch), Bailii) - Intellectual Property - Torts - Other - Trusts
Lewison J considered the nature of the duty to provide an account: "The taking of an account is the means by which a beneficiary requires a trustee to justify his stewardship of trust property. The trustee must show what he has done with that property. If the beneficiary is dissatisfied with the way that a trustee has dealt with trust assets, he may surcharge or falsify the account. He surcharges the account when he alleges that the trustee has not obtained for the benefit of the trust all that he might have done, if he had exercised due care and diligence. If the allegation is proved, then the account is taken as if the trustee had received, for the benefit of the trust, what he would have received if he had exercised due care and diligence. The beneficiary falsifies the account when he alleges that the trustee has applied trust property in a way that he should not have done (e.g. by making an unauthorised investment). If the allegation is proved, then the account will be taken as if the expenditure had not been made; and as if the unauthorised investment had not formed part of the assets of the trust. Of course if the unauthorised investment has appreciated in value, the beneficiary may choose not to falsify the account: in which case the asset will remain a trust asset and the expenditure on it will be allowed in taking the account."
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