Oxford don in £1.25m inheritance battle

Oxford professor Christopher Gosden is embroiled in a £1.25m court battle after he was disinherited by his mother. Jean Weddell left nothing to Mr Gosden when she died in 2013; instead she gifted much of her estate to Wendy Cook, a barrister 37 years her junior, with whom she formed a civil partnership in 2007. Mr Gosden claims that a trust scheme his mother had set up in 2003 to minimise inheritance tax ought to have protected the house, or the money from its sale, and delivered it to him and his family. He is suing solicitors who drew up the trust scheme, claiming that they had left a loophole that allowed his mother to sell her house without his knowledge.

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