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Recent Cases (Page 2)

  • Thurston v Thurston [2014] NZHC 2267, Toogood J - I successfully defended claims by widow to a trust-owned home under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976, and succeeded in claiming substantial provision from the deceased’s estate for his son and grandchildren under the Family Protection Act 1955.  Click to view pdf
  • Green v Green [2014] NZHC 1991, Winklemann J – I succeeded in having aspects of affidavit evidence struck out under the Evidence Act 2006 on the grounds that it was inadmissible opinion, speculative and/or argumentative. Click to view pdf
  • Thompson v Thompson [2014] NZCA 117;  [2013] NZHC [2001]; CHT v MLT [2013] NZFC 306 – I successfully defended claims against the trustees in relationship property and trust litigation in respect of a restraint of trade payment made to the husband consequent on the sale of a trust‑owned business. Click to view pdf
  • Thurston v Thurston [2013] NZHC 1886I acted for the plaintiff beneficiary in a successful application to remove two trustees.  Significantly, in the costs decisions ([2013] NZHC 3250) indemnity costs were awarded to the plaintiff, and an order made disentitling the defendants from recovering part of those costs from the trust fund.  Click to view pdf1  Click to view pdf 2
  • Austin v Austin [2014] NZFC 1267, Judge Fleming – successful application for interim maintenance and sale of property in complex relationship property and trust proceedings, with cross-border issues.
  • S v P [CIV-2011-404-1245] 22 March 2011, Woolford J – successful application for freezing and ancillary orders in global trust dispute.
  • Rigg v Rigg FAM 2009-044-002295, 26 May 2011, Judge Ryan – I acted for trustees successfully defending an application for non-party discovery in relationship property proceedings.
  • Re McArthur – Sim v Broadbent CIV 2009-404-2032, 2 May 2011, Faire J – successful application by beneficiary to declare a suicide note a valid will under s14 Wills Act 2007.
  • Re Kerr – CIV-2013-425-13, HC Invercargill, 16 April 2013 – successful application for grant of letters of administration de bonis non in estate where letters of administration granted in 1887 but ownership of land belonging to the deceased was discovered in 2008


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