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Wins & Deals
At JMW, we deal with issues regarding commercial litigation and dispute resolution everyday. We have helped many clients to successfully agree settlements with their opponents.
For more information about any of our wins and deals, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with JMW by calling 0345 872 6666, or by completing the contact form on this page.
JMW Act on Fraud and Asset Tracing Case
We are currently acting for a wealthy US citizen in a claim in the Chancery Division of the High Court (London). Our client intended to invest approximately US$4.5 million in a tax efficient manner through a UK based adviser.
JMW obtained a substantial judgment on behalf of two shareholder
We have recently obtained a substantial judgment (over £1.5million plus costs) on behalf of two shareholders who owned a group of companies.
JMW Act for a Partnership Against their Bank
We have recently acted for a partnership that has a portfolio of residential properties. Our clients have been in a difficult and deteriorating relationship with their bank for the last two years in relation to a number of facilities they operate in connection with their property portfolio (totalling £1.5 million of borrowings).
JMW Advise on Alternative Dispute Resolution
We were instructed by over 20 individuals who had been sued by a property developer claiming specific performance.
JMW act in property litigation case
We were instructed by one of our manufacturing clients who had been the subject of a without notice application for an injunction to restrain our client from making a transfer within our client’s group of companies of factory premises.
JMW mediates in building contractor dispute
JMW successfully acted as mediator in a dispute between a Manchester-based development company and a building contractor.
Appeal against finding of breach of fiduciary duty succeeds in the High Court
Steve Morris of JMW’s Commercial Litigation team has helped to secure a successful appeal, setting aside the judgment against his client and substituting it for a judgment dismissing SPIE’s claims with costs.
JMW recently obtained a fantastic reversal for a client, Paul Garside, in an appeal to the High Court. JMW took over conduct of the case from Mr Garside’s previous solicitors in July 2020. Judgment had been entered against Mr Garside in 2019 on the basis of a finding of breach of fiduciary duty by him in respect of his conduct post-sale of his business to SPIE Limited in 2012. The consequences of this judgment, including the adverse costs ordered, had an adverse financial impact on Mr Garside of £1million.
Using David Cavender QC and JMW, Mr Garside successfully overturned the judgment against Mr Garside and the Judge, Mr Justice Andrew Baker, found that Mr Garside had conducted himself correctly in the disclosures of information he had made and there was no breach of fiduciary (or any) duty by Mr Garside.
The result of this outcome has also reversed the financial impact referred to above, and Mr Garside has been awarded his legal costs against SPIE Limited, which are now being pursued.
Commenting on the decision, Mr Garside said: “I am delighted with the result that JMW and David have achieved for me. After five and a half years of totally unfounded allegations, I am very grateful to my legal team for their determination and professionalism. Being one man against a multi-billion pound corporation and their international lawyers, with JMW’s Steve Morris and David Cavender QC’s knowledge and expertise, we have finally corrected this injustice. I am extremely grateful to them”.
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If you have experienced issues regarding a breach of fiduciary duty or encountered liability arising out of such a breach, please give us a call to discuss your matter and to see whether we can assist.
Successful settlement for unmarried client in respect of her late partner’s estate pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
Alison Parry of JMW’s Commercial Litigation team successfully assisted an unmarried partner in resolving a dispute with her late partner’s son in respect of an application under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 allowing our client to retain a property she shared with her late partner for many years.
Our client’s partner died without making a Will and under the intestacy rules the deceased’s son inherited the entire estate including a property in which our client and her late partner had lived together for many years prior to her partner’s death.
Our client struggled with the loss of her partner and could not contemplate moving out of the property, and it was our client’s priority to keep the property as it was her home.
With specialist assistance from our Contentious Trusts and Probate team, our client pursued an application against her late partner’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 in order to seek reasonable financial provision, namely to keep the property.
Following the issues, the parties took steps to negotiate settlement and the team at JMW played a central role in achieving a solution that allowed our client to get the desired outcome she had hoped for. As a result of the action taken, our client received the benefit of a policy and she was able to agree on a settlement with her late partner’s son which involved the payment of a limited fixed sum in return for the transfer of the late partner’s property to our client.
At the conclusion of the matter, our client had the following to say:
“Alison Parry this lady is the best solicitor I have ever had. She helped me from day one I had no idea what I was doing or expecting. Alison sorted everything for me and always made sure that I was okay and I understood every step, and I was so very pleased that Alison got me the outcome I always wanted. I will be eternally grateful for all that she did for me. So if anyone is looking for a great solicitor Alison Parry is your lady 100%.”
JMW Solicitor’s successful resolution of clients’ lost inheritance claim caused by solicitor’s negligence when drafting Will
JMW's Contentious Trusts and Probate team has helped two sisters to secure an excellent result in a lost inheritance claim in respect of their late mother’s interest in a jointly owned property arising out of negligence by the solicitors who drafted their late mother’s Will.
Our specialist Contentious Trusts and Probate team were instructed by two sisters who had been left a 50% share in a property that their late mother owned with her husband (not their father).
On investigation, it became clear the solicitors who had prepared their late mother’s Will had failed to check how the property was legally owned. It transpired that both their late mother and her husband had instructed their conveyancing solicitors that the property was to be held as tenants in common but when registering the property the conveyancing solicitors incorrectly registered them as joint tenants meaning their late mother’s 50% interest in the property passed by way of Survivorship to her husband and not as per her wishes stated under her will (namely to her daughters upon her death). As a consequence, the gift of a 50% interest in the property to our clients failed and other than some pieces of jewellery our clients were disinherited.
We carefully considered the position and obtained a copy of the original conveyancing file to ascertain the instructions provided by the late mother and her husband regarding how the property was to be held. Once confirmed we advised our clients of their professional negligence claim on the basis they were beneficiaries who would have inherited under the late mother’s will had the solicitors preparing the late mother’s Will checked that the property was held as tenants in common and therefore the 50% intended to pass to our clients could pass under the terms of the Will.
A letter of claim was sent to the solicitors who prepared the will and with a view to exploring the possibility of a negotiated settlement, we approached the late mother’s husband to see if a resolution could be achieved. As a result of those negotiations, he agreed to enter into a declaration that provided for him to retain a life interest in the property and on his death the late mother’s 50% share of the property would pass to our clients in equal shares i.e. they would each receive a 25% interest in the property as had been originally intended by their late mother’s will. We were also able to secure payment towards our clients’ costs from the solicitors that prepared the will despite them refuting any claim of negligence and costs not being recoverable on the basis our clients’ loss had been mitigated.
Successful early settlement for client in respect of her late father’s estate pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
Alison Parry of JMW’s Commercial Litigation team achieved an early resolution, at mediation, for a client whose father had left her out of his Will. Our client stood to inherit approximately £10,000 but with our advice and assistance she was able to secure the payment of £105,000.
Upon her late father’s death, our client found herself left out of her father’s Will which was heavily in favour of her sister who was to receive a sizeable inheritance, including a property. Sometimes the extent of the discrepancy between various gifts to children is not fully appreciated at the Will making stage, and proper consideration ought to be given to the potential increase in property values when making gifts of property.
Our client had a number of heavily debilitating illnesses which affected her quality of life and she was in special need of funds to improve her care and treatment. With our assistance, she applied for reasonable financial provision from her late father’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 – to seek funds to meet her health and care needs.
Our client was keen to avoid an extensive legal claim, which would have been difficult to cope with and much of the funds would have been put towards legal fees, so with our assistance a mediation was arranged and settlement achieved at a relatively early stage. The settlement resulted in our client receiving a sizable division of the estate’s assets, significantly more than envisaged under the Will; namely the benefit of a lump sum payment to assist with her care needs and to receive additional equipment which will improve her quality of life and enable her to better cope with the conditions she has.
Partner and Head of Department
Commercial Litigation/Corporate Recovery and Insolvency