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

WTLR Issue: September 2015 #152

In the matter of: THE ESTATE OF RAYMOND WALTER BECKETT DECEASED

1. BEATRICE MAEVE BECKETT

2. SHANE LAWTON BECKETT

V

1. ANTHONY ROBERT WILLIAM MCMILLAN

2. EVANGELINE JEMIMA HERD

Analysis

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.

Counsel details

Counsel Mr Joseph O’Keefe for the plaintiffs.

Mr William Sinton instructed by Andrew Walker & Company (6 Bridge Street, Portadown, Co Armagh BT62 1JD, tel 028 3833 7591, email info@walker-legal.co.uk) for the defendant.

Cases referenced

Cases in bold have further reading - click to view.

  • Birkett v James [1977] 2 All ER 801
  • Biss v Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Authority [1978] 2 All ER 125
  • Crangle v Napier and Others 10 October 1997
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  • Dept. of Transport v Chris Smaller (Transport) Ltd [1989] 1 All ER 897
  • National Insurance Guarantee Corporation Limited v Robert Bradford and Company Limited (1970) 114 Solicitor’s Journal 436
  • Re Salmon [1981] Ch 167
  • Roebuck v Mungovin [1994] 1 All ER 568
  • Shtun v Zalejska (1996) 3 AER 411 C.A.

Legislation referenced

Legislation in bold has further reading - click to view.

  • Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Order (Northern Ireland) 1979
  • Rules of the Court of Judicature (Northern Ireland) 1980