Jones returned from business trip and was reproved by
family for not bringing present for his baby son.
Produced cheque for £900 payable to himself and stated
it was for baby – placed in baby’s hand.
Died 6 days later.
Court of Appeal unwilling to find father’s actions a
declaration of trust.
Jones did not intend to make declaration that he held
property in trust for child.
Lord Cranworth LC: ‘It would be of very dangerous
example if loose conversations of this sort, in important transactions of this
kind, should have the effect of declarations of trust’.