Personal Dispute Resolution

Court outlines tests for delusional mindset when making a Will

July 21st 2021
 

The High Court has outlined some tests for mental capacity and whether a person may have had delusional beliefs when making a Will. Peter Stafford Managing Director reports on this recent case. The issue arose following a family dispute involving a brother and sister. Their parents had divorced in 1980 when their mother discovered letters written by her husband which revealed that he had sexually abused his daughter, the sister in…

Adult brothers not entitled to further money under father’s will

July 14th 2021
 

Two adult brothers have failed in their attempt to be given a share of their deceased father’s estate after being left out of his will. Rebecca Armstrong Associate Solicitor reports on this recent case. The High Court ruled that it was clear that the father had made provision for them while he was alive and did not want them to receive anything further. The brothers were aged 40 and 39. Their…

Protection against evictions and winding-up petitions extended

July 8th 2021
 

The government is extending protection against evictions and winding-up petitions for businesses that are still struggling because of Covid-19. Natalie Tatton, Solicitor provides an update. Legislation will be introduced to ringfence outstanding unpaid rent that has built up when a business has had to remain closed during the pandemic. Landlords are expected to make allowances for the ringfenced rent arrears from these specific periods of closure due to the pandemic…

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Children entitled to a share of father’s estate despite estrangement

June 16th 2021
 

Two teenage brothers have been granted a share of their father’s estate even though they were estranged from him and had been excluded from his will. Rebecca Armstrong Associate Solicitor reports on this recent case. The two boys, referred to only as J and H in court, who were aged 16 and 15 respectively at the date of their father’s death in 2018. Their parents had divorced in 2012. The…

Estate

Court outlines the meaning of ‘deathbed gifts’ in inheritance cases

June 1st 2021
 

The High Court has provided some useful guidelines on what is required for a person’s statements to be legally classed as ‘deathbed gifts’ in inheritance cases. The court was asked to determine the proper distribution of the estate of a married couple. The wife died in January 2019 of cancer and the husband died of a heart attack shortly after in May 2019. The couple had each executed a will…

deathbed gifts

Court settles siblings’ dispute over their mother’s will

May 28th 2021
 

The High Court has refused to allow a man to remortgage his deceased mother’s house after her three other children disputed the validity of a purported will and where there was reason to believe that she had been subjected to undue influence. Rebecca Armstrong Associate Solicitor reports on this recent case. The property was a five-bedroom house in south London in which the mother had lived since her divorce in…

Leaseholders not liable for cost of repairing structural defects

May 17th 2021
 

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a group of leaseholders were not responsible for the cost of repairs if those repairs also made good fundamental structural defects in their properties. Natalie Tatton Solicitor reports on this recent case. The leases related to flats situated in a large block constructed in 1957. They were for 125-year terms and were originally granted under the right to buy provisions in the Housing…

Landlord entitled to unpaid rent despite tenant’s Covid defence

May 4th 2021
 

A commercial landlord has won a dispute over unpaid rent of more than £166,000 despite the tenant citing Covid-19 as the reason for its failure to pay. Stephanie Johnson Senior Associate Solicitor reports on this recent case. The case involved Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft MBH and TFS Stores Ltd. Commerz was the leasehold owner of the Westfield Shopping Centre. TFS was the tenant of one of the units in the centre…

rent arrears

Government extends support for commercial and residential tenants

March 29th 2021
 

The government has extended the ban on evicting commercial tenants until 30th June 2021. Natalie Tatton Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team provides an update. The move is designed to help those worst affected by the pandemic, such as bars and restaurants, get back to business when doors fully reopen for hospitality no earlier than 17th May. Residential tenants will also be supported as the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in…

Natalie Tatton

Travel agency ‘wrong to use data from rival’s former employees’

February 18th 2021
 

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a travel agency was wrong to take client contact information disclosed by its competitor’s former employees and add it to its own computer database. Mark Aspin Director and Head of Dispute Resolution reports. The issue arose after the agency, Trailfinders, hired some employees from a rival agency, Travel Counsellors Ltd (TCL). Trailfinders expected new employees to bring their own customers and encouraged them…

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