Barnsley & ors v Noble [2016] EWCA Civ 799

WTLR Issue: November 2016 #164

Michael and Philip Noble were brothers who built up a substantial property empire known as the Noble Organisation. It had a complex ownership and management structure involving a number of companies and partnerships and certain trusts for the benefit of their respective families...

Davies & anr v Davies [2013] EWHC 2623 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: November 2016 #164

Tegwyn and Mary Davies purchased a dairy farm known as Henllan in West Wales in 1972. It comprised a farmhouse, an attached cottage, outbuildings, and 182 acres of land. It was farmed with a nearby farm also owned by them known as Caeremlyn which they had purchased in 1961 (together ‘the farm’)...

Kebbeh v Farmer [2015] EWHC 3827 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: July/August 2016 #161

Malcolm Mitchell (the deceased) died on 26 September 2011 in Gambia. By his final will dated 5 May 2006 he divided his estate between his three daughters equally, subject to minor pecuniary bequests. The will left no provision for his second wife, Haddy Kebbeh (the claimant)...

James & anr v Louisewilliams & ors [2015] EWHC 1166 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: December 2015 #155

Thomas Edward Weetman (the deceased) died on 3 November 2008. His last will was executed on 19 September 2008 (the will). The principal assets in his estate (the estate) were shares in his company Weetman (Haulage & Storage) Ltd (the company) which he had successfully built up during his lifetime, and shares in a property known as Pasturefields Enterprise Park (the property) which the deceased owned but which was occupied, in whole or in part, by the company...

Shenken v Phoenix [2015] CSOH 96

WTLR Issue: December 2015 #155

This case concerned whether a Florida attorney who had not obtained a grant in the UK had capacity to receive the proceeds of certain life insurance policies. The proceeds of two life assurance policies were held in trusts established by Mr Pinder and his then wife (Mr Pinder’s trust and Mrs Pinder’s trust respectively)...

Beckett & anr v McMillan & anr [2015] NICh 8

WTLR Issue: September 2015 #152

Beatrice Maeve Beckett was born on 15 March 1939. She married the late Raymond Walter Beckett (the deceased) on 6 August 1958. They had two sons. They eventually separated, after a series of what Mrs Beckett described as the ‘lengthy adulterous relationships’ on the part of the deceased...

Chadwick v Collinson & ors [2014] EWHC 3055 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: January/February 2015 #146

Lisa Jane Clay (the deceased) and the claimant lived together from about 2003. They had a child together named Joseph, who was six years old in April 2013. From January 2013, they lived at the property at 36 Lowlands Road, Lancashire (the property) which the claimant and the deceased held as joint tenants...