£1.3m compensation for daughter who was promised inheritance

By Lenore Rice

The High Court in Cardiff has awarded £1.3million compensation to a woman who worked for nothing on her parents farm for years on the promise that she would inherit most of it.

The court heard how Eirian Davies, aged 45, worked for nothing or for low pay for years while her sisters would go out to social events, and that throughout she was reassured by her parents that they would leave the farm as an inheritance to her in their Will. However, Tegwyn and Mary Davies changed a draft Will in 2012 and requested that the farm be put into a trust for all 3 sisters, and then attempted to evict Eirian.

Eirian Davies took her case to the Court of Appeal who held that she was due a share of the business as a result of all her years of work on the farm. The High Court awarded £1.3million compensation to Eirian which it considered "appropriate" to reflect her suffering.

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