French v Bremner; Bremner v French [2020] NSWCA 339 (18 December 2020) (Meagher JA at [1]; Leeming JA at [2]; White JA at [118].)


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CONTRACT – oral contracts concerning debt, joint venture to exploit inventions and rural properties – primary judge rejected claims in contract – no claim advanced in equity for partnership or breach of fiduciary duty – such claim renounced by senior counsel appearing at trial – no error in primary judge declining to address such claim – no error in rejection of oral contracts – appeal dismissed

RESULTING TRUST – presumed resulting trusts – cross-appellant purchased rural lands and placed in joint names of him and first cross-respondent, or in sole name of second cross-respondent – primary judge found presumption of resulting trust rebutted – whether appellable error in so finding – testimonial evidence by cross-respondents – cross-appellant gave no evidence – one cross-respondent not cross-examined on her evidence of beneficial ownership – documents supported rebuttal of presumption – cross-appeal dismissed