Skip to main content
CLOSE

Charities

Close

Corporate and Commercial

Close

Employment and Immigration

Close

Fraud and Investigations

Close

Individuals

Close

Litigation

Close

Planning, Infrastructure and Regeneration

Close

Public Law

Close

Real Estate

Close

Restructuring and Insolvency

Close

Energy

Close

Entrepreneurs

Close

Private Wealth

Close

Real Estate

Close

Tech and Innovation

Close

Transport and Infrastructure

Close
Home / News and Insights / Press / Court lists continue to be populated with long running family disputes

The fictional perennial case of Jarndyce v Jarndyce, central to Bleak House by Charles Dickens, is familiar to many. However, over 160 years later long running family disputes are still routinely brought to court.

In a recent example, a case involved Andrew Frejek and his brother, Stephen, and sister, Susan. These were the three children of Brenda Frejek who passed away on 10 April 2009. Brenda left a will appointing Stephen as her executor, however by the middle of 2017, Stephen failed to progress the administration of the estate. As a result, Andrew made an application to remove Stephen as the executor, seeking an order for him to be appointed in Stephen’s place. Although Andrew’s application was successful, this was not the end of the litigation as Stephen did not comply with the necessary obligations included. Following over a decade of proceedings and Stephen’s failure to comply with mandatory orders which meant that he was held in contempt of court, Stephen was brought before the court for sentencing.

John Darnton, Consultant in BDB Pitmans’ family and matrimonial team, discusses the case in his article for Today’s Wills & Probate.

The full article is available here.

Related Articles

Our Offices

London
One Bartholomew Close
London
EC1A 7BL

Cambridge
50/60 Station Road
Cambridge
CB1 2JH

Reading
The Anchorage, 34 Bridge Street
Reading RG1 2LU

Southampton
4 Grosvenor Square
Southampton SO15 2BE

 

Reading
The Anchorage, 34 Bridge Street
Reading RG1 2LU

Southampton
4 Grosvenor Square
Southampton SO15 2BE

  • Lexcel
  • CYBER ESSENTIALS PLUS

© BDB Pitmans 2024. One Bartholomew Close, London EC1A 7BL - T +44 (0)345 222 9222

Our Services

Charities chevron
Corporate and Commercial chevron
Employment and Immigration chevron
Fraud and Investigations chevron
Individuals chevron
Litigation chevron
Planning, Infrastructure and Regeneration chevron
Public Law chevron
Real Estate chevron
Restructuring and Insolvency chevron

Sectors and Groups

Private Wealth chevron
Real Estate chevron
Transport and Infrastructure chevron