Bathurst v Chantler [2018] EWHC 21 (Ch) 

Winter 2018 #170

The claimant was the second wife and widow of the Earl Bathurst (Eighth Earl). The first to third defendants were the trustees of the Earl’s Fund (EFT) created under a statutory Codicil made on behalf of the Eighth Earl by the Court of Protection. The fourth to seventh defendants were the trustees of the Earl Bathurst 1963 estate settlement (settlement). When the Earl succeeded to his title in 1943, his inheritance included a large estate comprising 15,000 acres and a mansion house known as Cirencester Park. There were also chattels that included valuable works of art and collections of ...

Vucicevic v Aleksic Neutral citation: [2017] EWHC 2335 (Ch)

Winter 2018 #170

The claim was a claim dated 5 September 2016 by the claimants as personal representatives of the late Mr Veliko Aleksic (the deceased), who died on 24 October 2014, for construction of parts of the deceased’s last will. He acquired a house in London in 1960 and a house in Cardiff in 1971. 

He left a holographic will, which was undated save for bearing the year ‘2012’. It was signed but there was no attestation clause. It did not provide for the appointment of an executor. The deceased’s estate was valued at £2,750,753, including three houses, one in Montenegro, one in Cardiff, an...

Blackwell Deceased [2017] EWCA 2182 (Civ)

Winter 2018 #170

The applicant, Mr Warner, was the unmarried partner of the deceased. Before her 
death they had lived together for 19 years at a property in Tewkesbury. Mr Warner continued to live in this property after her death. Mrs Lewis, the daughter of the deceased, brought a claim in the County Court for possession of the property and for the return 
of certain items under the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977. Mr Warner 
defended this claim, and made a separate application for relief under the 
Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (‘the 1975 Act’). It was agreed by th...

White v Philips
 [2017] EWHC 386 (Ch)

Winter 2018 #170

The deceased, Raymond Ian White, died on 22 July 2010, a year after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. On 28 May 2010 he gave instructions for a will to a legal executive at a local law firm; this will was executed on 4 June 2010.

The claimant, Linda White, was the deceased’s widow. The defendant was one of his three children from a previous marriage, and was appointed executrix by the June 2010 will. Mrs White claimed that at the time the deceased gave the instructions and executed the will he lacked testamentary capacity, partly due to the strong opioid drugs he was taking. ...

Re DMM [2017] EWCOP 33

Winter 2018 #170

DMM suffered from Alzeimer’s Disease. He wanted to marry his long term partner SD. EJ, one of DMM’s three daughters, brought an application for a declaration as to whether DMM had capacity to marry.


  1. 1) The fact that a new marriage revokes a will was information a person should be able to understand, retain use and weight to have capacity to marry.

  2. 2) Expert evidence had been produced concluding that DMM Had capacity to marry because he did understand his will would be revoked and the financial position of his three daughters would be affected by that...

Wilson v Lassman Neutral citation: [2017] EWHC 85 (Ch)

Winter 2018 #170

The claimant sought an order pronouncing against the will of his late father 
Gerald Wilson (the ‘deceased’) dated 9 October 2010, and revoking the grant of 
probate obtained by the defendant, as executor and sole beneficiary. The claimant contended that the will was not validly executed in compliance with s9 of the Wills Act 1837 (the ‘1837 Act’).

The will had been written, in manuscript by the deceased on a will form and was purportedly attested by two witnesses, Mr Byrne and Mr McKinley. It contained a proper attestation clause. It was not disputed t...

HMRC v Parry [2017] UKUT 4 (TCC)

Winter 2018 #170

Mrs Staveley established a company known as Morayford with her husband Mr Staveley. She was director of the company, and had a large pension fund with its occupational pension scheme. She divorced from her husband in 2000. Indeed the terms of the divorce, her share of the pension scheme was to be transferred to her. In July 2000, and upon advice, she transferred her fund from the Morayford scheme to a s32 scheme.

In 2004, she was diagnosed in December 2004 with cancer. In 2006, by which time her prognosis was poor, she was advised to transfer her pension fund into a perso...

Henchley & Ors v Thompson [2017] EWHC 225 (Ch)

Winter 2018 #170

The claimants were the beneficiaries of two trusts created by the late WCC Henchley (‘Settlor’). The NE Henchley Trust (‘First Trust’), dated 1 September 1960, provided for the trust assets to be held upon trust for the Settlor’s wife for life or until remarriage with remainder for such of his children as were then living and if more than one in equal shares. The trust assets, which once included bank accounts and a portfolio of investments, now consisted of the residence of the Settlor’s wife at 395 Cockfosters Road, Whaddon Lodge (‘Property’). By a Deed of Appointment dated 20 November...

James v James [2018] EWHC 43 (Ch)

Winter 2018 #170

The deceased was a self-made man who had operated a farming business and a haulage company in partnership with his wife (the third defendant) and his son (the claimant). Over the course of his life, he purchased a number of parcels of agricultural land in Dorset. In 2007 he gave two of these parcels to one of his daughters (the first defendant). In 2009 the partnership dissolved, and the deceased transferred one of the parcels to himself and the third defendant to hold jointly. At the same time the claimant was given one of the parcels and the haulage business.

The deceased died i...

Miles v Miles

Winter 2018 #170

The appellant, Matthew Miles, one of the original beneficiaries under the will of the deceased, appealed from the order of district judge Harper dated 16 December 2016. The application before the judge was for reasonable provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 made by Marion Miles, Matthew Miles’ mother. The judge had ordered that all of the deceased’s estate should go to Marion.

There was no appeal from any of the other beneficiaries. It was accepted that the deceased had not made reasonable provision for Marion. The sole issue was ...