Hives v Machin [2017] EWHC 1414 (Ch)

Autumn 2017 #169

This claim concerned the proper construction of the will of Mrs Bastubbe (‘the Testatrix’). The Testatrix had three sons, Christopher, Eric (the Claimant’s father) and Peter (the Defendant). The Testatrix made her last will in 2003 at a time when all three of her sons were living. The Defendant had one son and one daughter, and the Claimant was Eric’s only daughter. The deceased would have been aware in 2003 that Eric had a chest complaint that caused him breathing difficulties and that Christopher was suffering from illness relating to drug addiction. Christopher...

Hood v HMRC [2017] UKUT 0276 (TCC)

Autumn 2017 #169

Lady Hood was the lessee of premises at 67 and 67A Chelsea Square, London SW3 (premises) which had been granted by Viscount Chelsea and Chelsea Land & Investment Company Ltd and Cadogan Holdings Company (Cadogan) on 21 September 1979 for a term due to expire on 25 December 2076 (head lease). By licence granted by Cadogan a reversionary sub lease of the premises was granted by Lady Hood to her sons on 19 June 1997 to commence on 25 March 2012 and to expire on 22 December 2076 (sub lease). Lady Hood as sub-lessor and her sons as sub-lessees respectively covenanted to perform and observ...

Legg v Burton [2017] EWHC 2088 (Ch)

Autumn 2017 #169

The testatrix had two daughters, the first and second claimants. In July 2000, the testatrix and her husband made wills in favour of the survivor, and subject to that, in favour of the claimants in equal shares.

The husband died in May 2001. Between 2001 and 2004, the testatrix made 13 further wills. These progressively favoured the defendants (who were two of the grandsons of the testatrix and the partner of one of them), at the expense of the claimants. The last of these wills was made on 12 December 2014, when she made a further will under which the claimants took a legacy of £...

Martin v Williams [2017] EWHC 491 (Ch)

Autumn 2017 #169

This was an appeal against a decision of the County Court ([2016] WTLR 1075) to make reasonable financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 for Mrs Joy Williams from the estate of her deceased partner Norman Martin. Under the terms of Mr Martin’s last will his entire estate passed to Mrs Maureen Martin, Mr Martin’s wife, from whom he was separated, but to whom he remained married until the date of his death. Mr and Mrs Martin had not divorced but they had made an informal arrangement regarding their separation.

HHJ Gerald made an order ...

Nahajec v Fowle Case No: C30LS199

Autumn 2017 #169

By a will dated 7 July 2015 Stanley Nahajec (‘deceased’) left the whole of his estate valued at £265,710 to the defendant whom he appointed as sole executor. The deceased died on 19 July 2015 and a grant of probate to the defendant was issued on 15 October 2015. The claimant, who was one of three adult children of the deceased, brought a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (‘Act’) on 12 April 2016. One of her half siblings, Mark Nahajec, similarly made a claim under the act which was settled by a payment of £22,000 though his circumstances differed ...

Rangers [2017] UKSC 45

Autumn 2017 #169

The appeal concerned a tax avoidance scheme by which employers paid remuneration to their employees through an employees’ remuneration trust in the hope that the scheme would avoid liability to income tax and Class 1 national insurance contributions. The question on appeal was whether an employee’s remuneration was taxable as their emoluments or earnings when it was paid to a third party in circumstances in which the employee had no prior entitlement to receive it himself or herself.

The employing companies, including RFC, operated the tax avoidance scheme in the tax years between...

Greathead v Greathead [2017] EWHC 1154 (Ch)

Autumn 2017 #169

This was an application for a declaration under the Presumption of Death Act 2013 in respect of a man (‘E’) who had disappeared on 17 November 2005 and had not been heard of since.

The claimant and his family came from South Africa to England in 1980. E was the claimant’s son. E was born in South Africa and was 15 when he arrived in England. He had difficulty adapting to life in England, but finished formal education and entered employment. From late 1998 he suffered panic attacks at work. He developed depression and resigned in October 1999. He lived in a flat a...