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  • A financial remedy application made by a husband against his wife, the great-granddaughter of the founder of Avon Products, Inc. The Judge, Mr Justice Mostyn, had to determine if the capital from the family trust was available to the wife and was the pre-nuptial agreement void? He found that the money was available to the wife and that the agreement was invalid. He awarded the husband £1,333,500 to meet his needs. Judgment, 11/04/2019, free
  • In financial remedy proceedings, the husband was trying to thwart the wife's claim by asserting that the business and the properties were owned by his mother, in a situation where the true owners had been camouflaged. In virtually every case the actual facts would determine the real ownership of a piece of property, and an enquiry into real ownership would consider the intentions of the relevant actors. Conveyancers were urged to record how the beneficial interest is to be held. Mostyn J found that the business and properties were owned 50:50 by the husband and wife. Judgment, 27/03/2019, free
  • Widow's out of time application under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 in circumstances where provision for her had been made by way of 2 trusts. The application was refused. Judgment, 05/03/2019, free
  • In this long running case in which the husband (who was described by Mr Justice Mostyn as 'dishonest, manipulative, arrogant, menacing and contemptuous of the court's authority') had failed to disclose financial information related to a trust, a periodical payments order was made in favour of the wife and her capital claims were adjourned. Judgment, 21/12/2018, free
  • In a tweet: Court has power to order sale of property to one beneficiary Judgment, 06/08/2018, free

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