I don’t normally write on financial cases, but this one is rather significant (and one can see that it might end up bleeding into other areas)
Seagrove v Sullivan (Practice Directions re bundles and citations of authorities) 2014
This was a case in which Mr Sullivan had lived with Ms Seagrove for over twenty years and they had had children together, but never married. The youngest child was ten. Mr Sullivan owned a house, valued at around £2,300,000.
The equity in that property amounted to about £1 million.
Ms Seagrove had made a claim under TOLATA Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, and under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 to seek a financial interest in that property and its 14 acres of land, as there was no marriage ancillary relief was not an option.
The case came before Holman J.
He was, well aghast…
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