Leslie Blohm QC has recently been instructed in the latest farming case to consider a claim by a farmer’s child to the family farm. The claimant, now sixty years old, sought to succeed to the farm he was promised over decades. His father had recently given his interest in the family farm and the family farming company to his other son, a property developer.

The case was complicated by the total denial by both father and other son of any promises being made to the claimant; the nature of the promises that were claimed (relating to the ‘lion’s share’ of the farm), and the fact that the mother had already given her share of the farm and company to the claimant son to try to remedy what she saw as unjust behaviour. Mr Justice Birss heard evidence over five days and awarded the claimant son his expectation interest, but with the detailed order to await a subsequent hearing.