Charity begins at a womaniser’s property….
A womaniser who left his property to charities, despite promising it to his live-in-lover, got his dying wish this week. Margaret Rawlings, the former cohabitant of the deceased farmer, lost her claim to his £450,000 farmhouse. Ms Rawlings insisted that she had part funded farmer John Hopkins’ renovation of the property after he had promised that she would inherit it. However, the charities successfully argued that Mr Hopkins was a notorious womaniser who had relationships with several women at the same time ….effectively devaluing her relationship with him and rendering any such promise meaningless… (Rawlings v Chapman, 2015 EWHC 3160 Ch).