White v Bluett

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White v Bluett
Alfred Nobels will-November 25th, 1895.jpg
Court Exchequer Chamber
Citation(s) (1853) 23 LJ Ex 36; 24 Eng Law & Eq 434
Court membership
Judge(s) sitting Pollock CB, Alderson B

White v Bluett (1853) 23 LJ Ex 36 is an English contract law case, concerning the scope of consideration in English law.


Mr Bluett had lent his son some money. Mr Bluett died. The executor of Mr Bluett's estate was Mr White. He sued the son to pay back the money. In his defense, the son argued that his father had said the son need not repay if the son would stop complaining about how Mr Bluett would distribute his property in his will among the children.


Pollock CB held there was no consideration for any discharge of the obligation to repay. The son had ‘no right to complain’ anyway. Not complaining was therefore an entirely intangible benefit.

Baron Alderson added this.

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