Pettigrew v Edwards [2017] EWHC 8 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: Summer 2017 #168

Veronica Edwards (the deceased) died on 2 April 2003, and her will was proved by the claimants (as her executors and trustees) (the trustees) in October 2003. Under the will, the deceased left her residuary estate to the trustees pay the income to her fourth husband (the defendant) for life, and subject thereto, to the First and Second Claimants (who were also her sons by her first marriage) in equal shares...

Berry v Child Support Agency & Ors [2016] EWHC 1418 (CH)

WTLR Issue: October 2016 #163

The claim was by the administrator of the estate of Norman Tovey (the deceased), seeking directions as to whether the estate should accept and make provision for four alleged liabilities. The deceased’s assets amounted to around £160,000, with £83,000 uncontested liabilities...

Fielden v Christie-Miller & ors [2015] EWHC 2940 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: December 2015 #155

This hearing was part of the dispute over the succession to the Swyncombe Estate in Oxfordshire (see also [2015] WTLR 1165, [2015] EWHC 752 (Ch)). This hearing concerned three applications by Stephen Christie-Miller (Stephen) to re-plead his case.

The estate, which consists of land in and Swyncombe, is in two parts...

JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank & Anr v Pugachev [2015] EWCA Civ 139

WTLR Issue: July/August 2015 #151

In the early 1990s, Mr Pugachev founded the JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank (the bank) in Russia. It became one of Russia’s largest privately owned commercial banking groups. On 4 October 2010, the Russian Central Bank revoked its banking licence and appointed a ‘temporary administration’ and on 30 November 2010 it was declared insolvent by the Russian court and placed into temporary administration...

Re The Portman Estate [2015] EWHC 536 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: June 2015 #150

This claim comprised various applications relating to the trusts of the Portman Estate, which own significant real property in London and elsewhere. There are several separate settlements, whose property is held in various funds. The claim was brought by the trustees, without naming any defendants...

Lewis v Lewis [2014] EWCA Civ 412

WTLR Issue: July/August 2014 #141

This was an application for permission to appeal from a decision of HHJ Seys Llewellyn QC in a case concerning wills. Peter Lewis contested the will of his father, Kenneth Lewis on the basis of undue influence and/or fraud. David Lewis, the beneficiary under the will, issued proceedings to determine the issue...

Swetenham v Walkley & anr 2CL10307

WTLR Issue: June 2014 #140

The claimant brought a claim for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance Provision for Family & Dependents Act 1975, against the estate of Alexander Graham Bryce (the deceased), on the basis that she had been living in the same household as the deceased, as his wife, in accordance with s1(A) of the Act...

National Westminster Bank plc v Lucas & ors [2014] EWHC 653 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: May 2014 #139

The television presenter Jimmy Savile (the deceased) died on 29 October 2011. His estate had an approximate value of £3.3m after the deduction of various expenses incurred by the date of this hearing. By his will, the deceased appointed National Westminster Bank plc (the bank) to act as his personal representative...