Lilleyman –v- Lilleyman  EWHC 821 (Ch)
Representing a widow in a claim against the estate of her late husband to secure financial provision not provided for in his will. The claim was defended by the deceased’s two sons from his first marriage. The marriage was short and the estate large (£6.5m). The case was unusual in that it proceeded to trial and the judgment of Mr Justice Briggs (Vice Chancellor) has become a leading authority on big money/short marriage cases.
Lord Justice Briggs who presided over the case said, “Furthermore, sensible co-operation and hard work between their respective legal teams led to a very substantial narrowing of the apparent differences of relevant fact during the course of the trial, with the consequence that it was concluded in only three quarters of the original time estimate.”
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