Re Recher’s Will Trusts

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Re Recher’s Will Trusts
Court High Court
Citation(s) [1972] Ch 526
Certainty, express trusts

Re Recher’s Will Trusts [1972] Ch 526 is an English trusts law case, concerning the policy of the "beneficiary principle, and unincorporated associations.


The testator’s will on 23 May 1957 gave some of the residual estate to the Anti-Vivisection Society, at 76 Victoria St, SW1, which was construed as being ‘the London and Provincial Anti-Vivisection Society’. But this had wound up on 1 January 1957 and amalgamated into The National Anti-Vivisection Society of 27 Palace Street, SW1. Neither were charities. She died in 1962.


Brightman J held that the gifts had failed. They could not be construed as one to the new National Society, only the previous one. If it had still existed, it would have been a gift to the members beneficially, subject to their association contract. Yet because it had ended, there was no outright gift to the members. He asked whether the gift would have been valid if the unincorporated association had indeed existed at all at the time. The rules of the society did not purport to create any trusts. He said the following.[1]

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  1. ^ [1972] Ch 526, 539


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