Re the Onorati Settlement [2013] JRC 182

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | December 2015 #155

This was an application by two beneficiaries of the Onorati Settlement, a Jersey discretionary trust (the trust), to set aside a deed of appointment distributing the trust fund to them. The application was made under the so-called principle in Hastings-Bass on the basis that the trustee had failed to take into account considerations which they ought to have taken into account when exercising their discretion, namely the UK tax consequences of making the appointment. Their application was on the basis that the Respondent (the trustee) had failed to take adequate tax advice.


Dellal v Dellal & ors [2015] EWHC 907 (Fam)

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | September 2015 #152

The defendants applied for an order summarily terminating the claimant’s application for an order under s10 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (the Act) without trial.

J was a well-known, successful property dealer who died on 28 October 2012 worth a large fortune. The claimant (C) was his widow and had married J in 1997 following ten years’ cohabitation. They lived a high lifestyle. J had been married previously and had nine children; two children with C, four children from a previous marriage (D1, D2, D3 and D...

Litigation Conduct: Drawing inferences

Frances Bailey considers the courts’ approach where a party’s conduct during proceedings is in issue ‘An analysis of any add-back argument must also include an analysis of what both parties have spent and that the argument must be analysed in context.’ As ever, the law reports are seemingly full of cases where one party’s approach …
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Financial Provision: Divisional conflict

Stephen Smith highlights areas of conflict between family law and other divisions and the potential issues that may arise ‘The Supreme Court will decide in Prest whether the need for a fair result on the family issues enables private corporate arrangements to be disrupted and the corporate veil pierced.’ As a family lawyer I, along …
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