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We successfully helped our clients, the executors and a leading independent school charity, settle a dispute over property left to the school by a deceased former pupil.

The school was concerned to receive maximum benefit from the charitable legacy and at the same time avoid adverse publicity and the cost and delay that would arise in going to trial. We were able to defend a common intention constructive trust claim despite the fact that both the individuals stated to have been party to the trust were since deceased and had a long and complicated financial and property co-ownership history relating to multiple properties. Undeterred by these complications, we were able to resolve the dispute via negotiation and avoid going to court. The charity was very pleased at the level of settlement achieved.