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Tribunal Rules on Part-Time Judges’ Pension Rights

Coronors Court In a ruling which placed an important limitation on the scope of EU rules designed to protect part-time workers from less favourable treatment, a retired part-time judge has failed to convince the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) that his pension entitlement should be calculated by reference to the date on which he took up office.

The former barrister had sat as a recorder between 1978 and 2005 and had campaigned for equality of pension rights between part-time judicial office holders and their full-time brethren. Following a reference to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the Supreme Court ruled that he was entitled to a pension by operation of the Part-Time Workers Directive (the directive) and the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000.

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Beneficiaries of Jimmy Savile’s £3.3 Million Will May Receive Nothing

In giving directions for the administration of the estate of the late entertainer Jimmy Savile, the High Court has acknowledged that the entirety of his £3.3 million fortune may well be exhausted by a large number of personal injury claims being pursued by those who claim to have suffered sexual abuse at his hands.

When Mr Savile died in October 2011, he left a will bequeathing his assets to various beneficiaries, including his niece and next-of-kin, Amanda McKenna. The residue of his estate was to pass to the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust.

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Window Cleaner Stripped of £300,000 Inheritance

A nephew whose ‘curmudgeonly’ aunt left her entire £300,000 fortune to her window cleaner has been handed back his inheritance after convincing the High Court that she lacked the necessary legal capacity to execute a valid will.

Cecil Bray was at Julie Spalding's ‘beck and call’ after he gave up work to look after her in 1996, running errands and organising her affairs as the pensioner ‘called the shots’ around her home. Mr Bray, 82, resigned from his retirement job to ‘dedicate more time to looking after her’ which became ‘almost a full-time job’.

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£489,000 Bequest to Charities Sparked Legal Marathon

A woman whose mother bequeathed her entire £489,000 fortune to animal charities will have to be satisfied with ‘reasonable provision’ of £50,000 from the estate after the High Court rejected her plea that she should be granted half.

The mother of five children, aged in her 50s, fell out with her mother after eloping from the family home with her boyfriend when she was 17. Her mother never forgave her and, when she died aged 70, did not leave her a penny in her will. Her daughter and grandchildren were left to exist largely on state benefits.

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