Proving that an inheritance was part of the matrimonial pot

Holly was instructed to represent a client at final hearing as he sought a lump sum to assist him with future accommodation. The couple had two young children who had to be housed, and the case involved allegations of conduct as well as a sizeable inheritance received by the wife during the relationship.

The case involved careful analysis of the case-law on inheritance and non-matrimonial property. Holly persuaded the judge to ignore any conduct arguments and to order that the husband receive a portion of the inherited assets in order to house himself. Through cross-examination Holly was able to establish that the wife could raise larger sums than she had initially disclosed, which resulted in the husband receiving a larger lump sum.