Jeffreys & ors v Scruton & ors [2020] EWHC 536 (Ch)

WTLR Issue: Summer 2020

1. CHRISTOPHER HENRY MARK JEFFREYS

2. SONAMARA MARIE-AMELIE JEFFREYS

3. MATHEW NEIL RICHARD DUNCAN

V

1. SAM SCRUTON

2. LUCY SCRUTON

3. ALICE JEFFREYS

4. ARTHUR JEFFREYS

5. INDIANA JEFFREYS

6. MADDISON JEFFREYS

7. TYLER JEFFREYS

8. JACK PRINCE

9. LARA PRINCE

10. LUKE CLARK

11. EVE CLARK (A CHILD)

12. IVO CLARK (A CHILD)

13. MATILDA CLARK (A CHILD)

14. OLIVE CLARK (A CHILD)

15. ESME CLARK (A CHILD)

16. SOPHIE SCRUTON

17. SAMANTHA CLARK

Analysis

The first claimant was the executor of the will of the late Laura Jeffreys. He and the second and third claimants were the trustees of the trusts declared by the will. The first to fifteenth defendants were the deceased’s nieces and nephews. The seventeenth defendant was appointed to represent the interests of the deceased’s unborn nieces and nephews of the whole blood. The claim against the sixteenth defendant was discontinued.

Counsel details

Charles Holbech (Radcliffe Chambers, 11 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3QB, tel 020 7831 0081, e-mail clerks@radcliffechambers.com) instructed by Druces LLP (Suite 425, Salisbury House, London Wall, London EC2M 5PS, tel 020 7638 9271, e-mail info@druces.com) for the claimants.

Thomas Seymour (Wilberforce Chambers, 8 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3QP, Tel: 020 7306 0102, e-mail: chambers@wilberforce.co.uk) instructed by Fladgate LLP (16 Great Queen St, Holborn, London WC2B 5DG, tel 020 3036 7000, email fladgate@fladgate.com) for the first, second, and tenth to seventeenth defendants.

The third to fifth defendants did not appear and were not represented.

Cases referenced

Cases in bold have further reading - click to view.

  • Howell v Lees-Millais [2009] EWHC 1754 (Ch); [2009] WTLR 1163
  • Marley v Rawlings [2015] AC 129; [2014] WTLR 299
  • Morice v Bishop of Durham (1804) 9 Ves 399
  • Re Exeter Settlement [2010] JLR 169
  • Schmidt v Rosewood Trust Ltd [2003] 2 AC 709; [2003] WTLR 565

Legislation referenced

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  • Administration of Justice Act 1983, ss20-21
  • Trustee Act 1925, s31