Ball v Ball [2017] 1 EWHC 1750 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: Autumn 2017 #169

The Deceased was married to James Ball. They had had eleven children, including the three claimants and eight of the nine defendants. In or around 1991, the family split, when the three claimants reported their father to the police for sexually abusing them when they were younger...

British Red Cross v Werry [2017] EWHC 875 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: Summer 2017 #168

Patricia Deeley (Miss Deeley) lived with her unmarried partner, Peter Harding (Mr Harding) in his flat at 87 Beckenham Lane, Bromley (the property) from 1962 to 2008. When Mr Harding died on 11 August 2008, it was believed (incorrectly) that he had not left a will and, therefore, the intestacy rules regulated the succession to his estate...

Slattery v Jagger & ors [2015] EWHC 3976 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: March 2017 #167

The claimants (the executors of the estate of Mr Jagger) applied for construction or alternatively rectification of the last will of Mr Jagger dated 10 June 2011 (the 2011 will). It was common ground that the 2011 will was valid and revoked an earlier will dated 5 April 2007 (the 2007 will)...

Jump & anr v Lister & anr [2016] EWHC 2160 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: January/February 2017 #166

John Raymond Winson and Mable Winson (Mr & Mrs Winson) made ‘mirror image’ wills with the first defendant, a solicitor employed by the second defendant, on 17 August 2010 by which, in simple terms (and subject to two minor specific legacies by Mrs Winson), they left their estate to each other but, if that gift failed, left pecuniary legacies to the same named individuals and charities with the net residue passing to the claimants in equal shares...

Bainbridge v Bainbridge [2016] EWHC 898 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: July/August 2016 #161

The claimants, who were father and son, farmed together in partnership Seamer Grange Farm. They were advised to place this property in trust and that there would be no capital gains tax chargeable on the transfer. The first claimant, who held the legal title, transferred the partnership land to the trustees of a discretionary trust which was created by a trust deed dated 24 June 2011...

Van Der Merwe EWHC 790 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: June 2016 #160

The claimant and first defendant were husband and wife and joint freehold owners of a property in the UK where they lived. Up until March 2006 the claimant and first defendant were treated as domiciled in South Africa. However, from 6 April 2006 they would be treated as domiciled in the UK for inheritance tax purposes...

Freedman v Freedman & ors [2015] EWHC 1457 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: September 2015 #152

In 2001 the claimant purchased a house (St Leonard’s Close) with the assistance of a loan from her father. In 2004-5 the claimant’s father agreed to forego the loan. In 2010 the claimant moved out of St Leonard’s Close and into rented accommodation...