Webb v Webb [1991]

Father purchased flat in Antibes in his son’s name.
Later went to High court seeking:
1.  declaration
that son held the property as trustee for him, the father, and
2.  order that
legal ownership be vested in him, the father.
But the real question was whether the right was one in
rem, for European legislation stated that if this was the case then
jurisdiction would go to the state in which the property was registered.
High Court found that the father’s action had as its
object not a right in rem but the establishment of the accountability of son as
trustee for him.
Hence the European legislation was inapplicable.
[ECJ upheld High court decision.]