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The Claimant had been in a relationship with the deceased for about fifteen years up to his death on 26 June 2016. She brought a claim against the estate for reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 (‘1975 Act’) in October 2017. The Claimant’s case was that there were significant periods of cohabitation during which the deceased supported her financially and that she was therefore a dependent within the meaning of s1(1)(e) of the 1975 Act. This was disputed by the Defendants and the matter was listed for a five day trial commencing on 18 March 2019. The Claimant had incurred legal fees and sought a payment of £155,000 in an interlocutory application for interim relief under s5 of the 1975 Act.