Cotterell & anr v Allendale & anr [2020] WTLR 1183

Winter 2020 #181

The claimants as trustees of the Allendale 1949 Settlement applied to extend their administrative powers under s57 of the Trustee Act 1925 and the inherent jurisdiction of the court to include a power to re-appropriate assets between the various sub-funds comprised in the settlement, on the ground that they lacked the power under the settlement and it would be expedient for them to have such power in order to effect a certain tax mitigation strategy.

The claimants further applied for other administrative powers which they lacked to be conferred on them, even thou...

Ball v Ball & anr [2020] EWHC 1020 (Ch)

Autumn 2020 #180

The claim concerned a dispute between three siblings. Their father, Christopher Ball, had died on 26 June 1978 leaving the income of his estate in trust for his wife, Dorothy Ball, for life and the residue in the proportions one third each to the claimant and second defendant, with a further one third left to the children of the first defendant. All three siblings were appointed executors and trustees of their father’s will. Dorothy Bell died on 1 June 2016 leaving a will appointing her solicitor and accountant as executors. No grant had been obtained in respect of Dorothy’s estate due t...

Re Studdert

Autumn 2020 #180

The deceased died on 9 August 2017. The claimants were his personal representatives. The defendants were the trustees of the EAC Educational Trust, a charitable trust created by the deceased which was the residuary beneficiary under the deceased’s will.

The deceased was convicted in 1988 of possessing indecent images of children and in 1996 of attempting to import indecent images. In 2006 he pleaded guilty to 26 counts of possessing, making, and distributing indecent images of children. He had also had his licence to minister suspended and was prohibited from exercising any priest...

London Capital & Finance plc v Global Security Trustees Ltd [2019] EWHC 3339 (Ch)

Summer 2020 #179

The claimant raised money from private investors for the purpose of making loans to small and medium enterprises. The money was raised by issuing ‘mini-bonds’ for periods of up to five years, at varying rates of interest. Over a period of around two years, £237m was raised from more than 11,500 investors. Security for the bonds was provided by the claimant executing a debenture in favour of the defendant, as a ‘security trustee’. By December 2018, when the FCA issued a first supervisory notice on the claimant on the basis that its promotional material was ‘misleading, unfair and unclear’...

David Roberts Art Foundation v Riedweg [2019] EWHC 1358 (Ch)

Autumn 2019 #176

The claimant was a registered charitable company and the owner of 15a and 37 Camden High Street, London, SW1 7JE (the property). In or around November 2016 the claimant’s directors decided to sell the property and instructed Robert Irving Burns (RIB) to market it. Following a targeted marketing campaign, the defendant made a formal bid to buy the property for £8,000,000. Heads of terms were agreed on 22 December 2016.

On 10 January 2017, the claimant instructed Mr Bryn Williams of DTZ Tie Leung Ltd (trading as Cushman & Wakefield) (CW) to prepare a report. A report was ...

PQ v RS [2019] EWHC 1643 (Ch)

Autumn 2019 #176

This was a Public Trustee v Cooper application by the claimants as trustees of a discretionary trust executed on 11 March 1968. The application was for a declaration that they had power to make a proposed appointment, and the court’s blessing of that appointment. The trust assets had an estimated value of £80 million. Under the terms of the settlement, the beneficiaries included the children and remoter issue of the settlor, including adopted children and issue. The settlement was silent on the position of illegitimate children. The trustees had wide powers to apply the ca...

Bhusate v patel [2019] EWHC 470 (Ch)

Summer 2019 #175

The claim related to the estate of Mr Bhusate who died on 28 April 1990. His first wife (Mrs Bhusate) had died in 1971. The 1st to 5th defendants were Mr Bhusate’s children by his marriage to Mrs Bhusate. The claimant was his third wife. The 6th defendant was the only child of Mr Bhusate and the claimant.

Mr Bhusate died intestate. Letters of administration were granted to the claimant and the 1st defendant on 12 August 1991. The estate principally comprised a property in London where the claimant and Mr Bhusate lived (the property). The property remained registered in Mr...

Hanspaul v Ward Case No: HC-2014-000054

Summer 2019 #175

The claimants had applied to remove the 1st to 5th defendants as trustees, and the 6th defendant as protector, of a settlement which owned shares in the family company, and for a relief as to the disputed issue of preference shares in the company. The preference shares question was settled during the trial of a preliminary issue, on terms that the claimants’ costs were paid. The trustees and protector all resigned before trial of the removal application. The claimants applied for their costs on the basis that they had achieved the result they sought. The 1st to 4th defendants contended t...

Bhusate v Patel [2018] EWHC 2362 (Ch)

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Henchley & Ors v Thompson [2017] EWHC 225 (Ch)

Winter 2018 #170

The claimants were the beneficiaries of two trusts created by the late WCC Henchley (‘Settlor’). The NE Henchley Trust (‘First Trust’), dated 1 September 1960, provided for the trust assets to be held upon trust for the Settlor’s wife for life or until remarriage with remainder for such of his children as were then living and if more than one in equal shares. The trust assets, which once included bank accounts and a portfolio of investments, now consisted of the residence of the Settlor’s wife at 395 Cockfosters Road, Whaddon Lodge (‘Property’). By a Deed of Appointment dated 20 November...