Re Clitheroe [2021] WTLR 449

Summer 2021 #183

The claimant (C) and the defendant (D) were the surviving children of the deceased. Her other child, E, had died of cancer without children. Although the deceased had been close to D and D’s daughter, this changed after a disagreement between D and the deceased about E’s medication, when the deceased threatened that she would not forgive or speak to D again. The Deputy Master found that D was not responsible for the estrangement and that the deceased had irrationally maintained that it was D who cut her out rather than the other way around. E’s death had a profound effe...

Hinduja v Hinduja & ors WTLR(w) 2021-06

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The parties were four brothers. The claimant was the eldest brother and patriarch of the family. The litigation generally concerned the legal effectiveness or otherwise of two letters, by which the brothers had, inter alia, appointed one another as executors, and had stated that assets held in the name of any individual brother belonged to all four. Through an oversight, the claimant’s advisers had failed to file a certificate of suitability from his litigation friend (and daughter) when the claim was originally made, as required by CPR 21.5. A certificate was later filed togeth...

Caldicott & ors v Richards & anor [2020] WTLR 823

Autumn 2020 #180

Mr Caldicott is the son of the late Mrs Yvonne Caldicott, who died in November 2012. He, his wife and his adult son brought a claim against his sister, Mrs Pearson, and her co-executor Mrs Walker, as trustees of a discretionary will trust declared by their mother’s will. The beneficiaries of the trust were a closed class composed of the claimants and Mrs Pearson. Mrs Pearson and her co-trustee are private client solicitors and are now both partners in a firm specialising in that field.

Under the terms of the will Mrs Pearson was given a 50% interest in a family company, Wyvern Sec...