A nervous disposition
The beneficiaries of Jimmy Savile’s estate have been at loggerheads with his Executors following fears that compensation claims to his victims may use up all the money in his Estate.
Savile’s Will left his Estate, worth approx. £3.3 million, largely to a charitable trust bearing his name. NatWest were appointed as his Executors.
The case of National Westminster Bank plc v Lucas and others Re Estate of Jimmy Savile (deceased) ( EWHC 653 (Ch)) involved a dispute between the Executors and the Trustees of the charitable Will Trust.
Following certain well-publicised allegations, there are 139 personal injury claims against the estate, which may well exhaust all the assets.
The Executors therefore came up with a proposed scheme for settling the claims. However, the Trustees were not happy and felt that the Executors were ‘capitulating’ to the claimants without a fight. The Trustee applied to the Court for the Executors to be replaced on the grounds that:
The Executors applied for the Court to approve their scheme and expenses dealing with the scheme.
The Court held that the Executors should not be removed:
Given the above, the Court approved the scheme and the expenses, subject to any later challenges.
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