Dukeries Healthcare Ltd v Bay Trust International Ltd & ors [2021] WTLR 809

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Autumn 2021 #184

The claims concerned various tax avoidance schemes that had been established as ‘Remuneration Trusts’ for the claimants by Baxendale Walker LLP. The claimants were a successful businessman, Mr Levack, and various businesses of which he was a director and/or shareholder. In each case, one of the claimants was the ‘founder’ of the relevant trust. The defendants were various corporate entities having had a role in the trusts, together with HMRC.

The claimants maintained that the Remuneration Trusts had been entered into on the basis that they would offer various tax benefits, and wou...

Mackay v Wesley WTLR(w) 2021-03

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Smith & anr v Stanley & ors [2020] WTLR 1059

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Autumn 2020 #180

The testator died in March 2015. By his last will of 14 March 2015 (the will) the testator gave the sum of £4.2m (the legacy fund) to his trustees to be held upon trust to pay the income to his widow for life, subject to an overriding power of appointment in clause 4 of the will for the benefit of a class of discretionary beneficiaries including the testator’s sister. The testator left a letter of wishes for his trustees which indicated how he wanted his estate to be shared between the various members of the discretionary class. By clause 19 of the will the statutory power of advancement...

Hartogs v Sequent [2020] WTLR 505

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Summer 2020 #179

The first defendant was trustee of two trusts established by the claimant and named The Milky Way Settlement Trust (Milky Way) and the Mercurius Settlement (Mercurius). Each of the second and third defendants was a company wholly owned by the first defendant as trustee. The trusts were established by the claimant following estate planning advice given to him by professional advisers at Attendus Trust Company AG (Attendus).

Milky Way was part of an offshore trust structure, established in 2009 by the claimant to acquire and hold property in England for the occupation of the claiman...

Mistake and Inheritance Act claims: Unintended consequences

Francis Ng outlines a rare modern example of rescission for mistake in hostile proceedings Clarke is unusual in that it is a rare modern example of rescission for mistake in hostile proceedings. Deputy Master Linwood gave judgment in Clarke v Allen on 23 May 2019. The decision covered two claims by Matilda Clarke (Matilda). One …
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Trustees and mistake: Where are we now?

Laura Abbott reviews recent case law to discern current attitudes towards rectifying a genuine mistake ‘If a trustee takes advice which later proves to be incorrect, Hastings-Bass is unlikely to relieve the trust of the financial consequences, but the broadened rule of mistake may (in some limited cases) serve to do so, depending on the …
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Perwaz v Perwaz [2018] UKUT 325 (TCC)

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Spring 2019 #174

The Respondent was originally the sole proprietor of 54 Beaulieu Close, Slough (‘Property’). The Appellant, who was one of her children, managed the family wholesale grocery business. He and his wife moved into the Property to live with the Respondent and spent money on its extension and refurbishment. On 12 October 2012 the Respondent made a new Will gifting a 25% share in the Property to the Appellant and giving him an option to purchase the whole on her death. On the same day the Respondent executed a Declaration of Trust by which she declared that she held the Property as to 75% for ...