Son holding land as nominee: failure to show that there had been a gift

In Ip Man Shan v Ching Hing Construction Co Ltd ([2005] HKEC, 188, CA) the title to property was in the name of a son but the purchase price of the land and the cost of building a family home on it had been paid by the father and by the construction company controlled by the father and mother. There was no evidence to show an intention to make a gift of the property to the son. He held the property as nominee and on trust for the father / the construction company. (See this more detailed account of the judgment).

Michael Lower

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