Sharma & anr v Hunters [2011] EWHC 2546 (COP)

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | March 2012 #117

The applicants (R and J) made a wasted costs application against the respondent solicitors (H) in the context of proceedings known as D v R (Deputy of S) and S [2010] EWHC 2405 (CoP), which had been heard by Henderson J in the Court of Protection concerning S. R was S’s daughter and his deputy. She had brought proceedings in the Chancery Division in S’s name to recover property S had given away to D on the basis of undue influence. S’s wish was that D should retain the property given to her. In that context, D applied for a declaration from the Court of Protection that ...

Cowderoy v Cranfield [2011] EWHC 1616 (Ch)

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | December 2011 #115

Mrs Blofield (D) was in her 80’s and owned her own home worth around £140,000. Her only son (R) was an alcoholic and seriously ill. He moved into her house in 2002 and remained there until he died, intestate, on 5 August 2006. He had fathered several children. One was adopted and others taken into care but they paid no part in his life or that of his mother, D. He did, however, have a legitimate daughter, the claimant, Mrs Leigh Cowderoy, (C) who inherited his estate. Relations between C and R were strained and there was very little contact between C and D because of this although ...

Cowderoy v Cranfield (costs) [2011] EWHC 2628 (Ch)

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | December 2011 #115

The claimant had challenged the last will of the deceased dated 13 November 2006 (the deceased had died on 19 October 2008) on the bases of (1) lack of testamentary capacity, (2) want of knowledge and approval and (3) undue influence. The claimant failed on all those bases. The decision of Morgan J can be found at [2011] EWHC 1616 (Ch). On the issue of costs the claimant contended that there should be no order as to costs up to and including 26 September 2010 and thereafter that she should pay the defendant’s costs on the standard basis such liability not to be enforced without the...

Undue Influence: Practical justice

The court’s approach in Smith v Cooper sheds light on presumed undue influence in the case of cohabitation, as Anna Clarke relays ‘In circumstances where an actual agreement between the parties is vitiated by undue influence and consequently avoided, it is not proper or possible to impute the same, or virtually the same, agreement to …
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