The court of appeal has awarded a farmers’ daughter an interest in her parents’ £7 million farm and pedigree Holstein/Friesian milking herd. This is the latest in a line of actions brought by relatives who have worked on farms, often for many years, for long hours and at low or no pay, on the basis that they would succeed to the farm in due course.

The parents disputed all of their daughter’s allegations that promises had been made to her, and that she had relied on those promises to her detriment – all matters that had to be proved for her to succeed.

The case illustrates the complex factual findings that a Court must make in respect of matters that often arise informally and in private.

Claims of this nature are complex and call for the expertise of specialist lawyers. WBW have a dedicated Farms and Estates Team who can assist in matters such as this.

Whether you are facing a claim of this nature or feel you have the grounds to bring a similar claim, WBW will happily offer a free initial consultation.