Court considers the will of the judge who created the ‘Golden Rule’

GOSS-CUSTARD & ANOR V TEMPLEMAN & ORS [2020] EWHC 632 (CH) Following a seven-day trial, judgment was handed down on 28 January 2020 upholding the Last Will and Testament of Lord Templeman. Lord Templeman was a distinguished Law Lord, well known for his significant contributions to English law, often expressed in bold terms. One such … Read more

English Court of Appeal endorses High Court approach to determining interest rate applicable to equitable compensation payment arising out of breach of fiduciary duty

In the recent decision of Watson v Kea Investments Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 1759 the English Court of Appeal endorsed the approach taken by the High Court in determining the interest rate to be applied to an equitable compensation payment which arose out of a breach of fiduciary duty. The High Court judge had been … Read more

The High Court of England and Wales denies full recovery of trust litigation costs where co-claimants had separate representation

In Ong & Ors v Ping [2015] EWHC 3258 (Ch), the High Court of England and Wales (Chancery Division) limited the legal costs recoverable by a mother and her children (the “Claimants“) on the grounds that from a certain point in the family trust dispute, their separate legal representation was “not reasonably justifiable”. This case … Read more

Hong Kong Court refused to make a grant of administration ad colligenda bona for lack of special circumstances and special justification

In Re Oung Chi Lian Fang (HCMP2347/2015), the Hong Kong High Court refused an ex parte application for a grant of administration ad colligenda bona under s.36 of the Probate and Administration Ordinance. Introduction Ad colligenda bona grants are temporary limited grants for administration of deceased estates.  They are made in emergencies, when there is … Read more