Gareth Ledsham, solicitor in Russell-Cooke's Contentious Probate team, recently advised on a high value Inheritance Act claim brought by the same-sex cohabiting partner of a high profile businessman who died suddenly making no financial provision at all for claimant in his will, which had been drawn up some 25 years previously and had not been updated.

The claim, which involved complex questions as to the proper level of maintenance for a cohabiting partner of working age but who was wholly maintained by the deceased, was settled on favourable terms at mediation.

Gareth was commended on his impressive handling of the case and his sensitive advice to the client on the day of the mediation itself.

The case highlights the importance of reviewing one's will on a regular basis, especially in circumstances where a couple are cohabiting and the rules of intestacy make no provision for the surviving partner.