Williams v Bayley

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Williams v Bayley
CourtHouse of Lords
Full case nameHenry Williams and Others v James Bayley
Citation(s)(1866) LR 1 HL 20
Undue influence

Williams v Bayley (1866) LR 1 HL 200 is an English contract law case relating to undue influence.


Mr Bayley’s son forged his father’s signature on promissory notes and gave them to Mr Williams. Mr Williams threatened Mr Bayley that he would bring criminal prosecution against his son unless he granted an equitable mortgage to get back the notes.


House of Lords upheld the cancellation of the agreement, on account of undue influence. The agreement was cancelled on the ground that he was influenced by threat.

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