Louise Reeves had been fighting her brother Bill Reeves in the High Court over how their property tycoon father Kevin’s £100m fortune should be distributed.
Kevin had previously intended to leave Bill a share worth about £27m, but his final Will in 2014 left him with just a collection of personal possessions worth about £200,000.
High Court judge Mr Justice Michael Green ruled that the Will was invalid, since Louise could not prove that her father ‘knew and approved’ of its contents. He found that ‘very materialistic’ Louise probably ‘engineered’ the will and had not proved that ‘illiterate’ Kevin knew and approved of its contents.
It meant Louise and Bill will instead each receive £27m, with the rest split between their half-sister and other family members.
The Judge also ordered Louise to pay 70% of Bill’s legal expenses, which are estimated to be more than £1m.
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