A HAMPSHIRE businessman awarded a big slice of his father’s £100m fortune has misplaced his newest authorized battle towards his sister.
Southampton property tycoon Kevin Reeves had 4 youngsters however left 80 per cent of his wealth to his daughter Louise after altering his will in 2014.
His second son, Invoice Reeves, claimed his sister “coerced” their father into leaving him solely £200,000 and challenged the doc’s validity.
Final 12 months a Excessive Court docket decide dominated that Louise doubtless “engineered” the desire and didn’t show her late father had understood and authorised its contents.
Mr Justice Inexperienced declared that Invoice ought to inherit the £27m left to him in an earlier will drawn up in 2012.
Following the case the businessman, who lives within the New Forest, launched an try and have his sister prosecuted for allegedly making false statements.
Now one other Excessive Court docket decide, Mrs Justice Smith, has dominated there is no such thing as a “prima face” case towards her.
She urged that the try and have Ms Reeves prosecuted stemmed from a “vindictive want to punish Louise” for attempting to get her father’s ultimate will ratified by the courts.
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Talking after the judgement Ms Reeves mentioned: “I’m delighted the decide has present in my favour.
“For greater than a 12 months my identify has been dragged by way of the mud and my character known as into query.
“I’ve needed to endure studying depraved and merciless lies about me and different members of my household. I’m so happy to have been vindicated.”
Her solicitor, Raj Chada, from Hodge Jones and Allen, added: “This can be a damning judgment for the claimants.”
Final 12 months Mr Justice Inexperienced rejected Invoice’s declare that Louise had “unduly influenced” their father. However he added: “She knew full nicely what was in her father’s will and certain engineered it so she would get the majority of his property.”
Talking after the listening to Mike Karia, Solicitor-Advocate at LLP Solicitors, mentioned: “‘We’re delighted to assist our purchasers to uncover the reality and entry justice.”
Invoice added: “This was by no means concerning the cash for me, it was at all times concerning the precept of the reality and what my dad would have needed.”
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Kevin Reeves died aged 71 in 2019. He was orphaned as a baby and lived in a convent earlier than dropping out of faculty, however went on to construct an enormous property empire.
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