Recent Cases

Bassett v Bassett [2021] NSWCA 320 (16 December 2021) (Bell P, Leeming and Payne JJA)


SUCCESSION – Family provision – claim by adult son for provision from the deceased’s estate pursuant to s 59 of the Succession Act 2006 (NSW) – where primary judge erred in her conclusion that adequate provision had not been made for the adult son’s proper maintenance and advancement in life – where adult son had remained on farming land but had received earlier significant benefits from his parents recognised as an “early inheritance” – extent to which anticipated adverse costs liability from non family provision claim should affect analysis of adequate provision

COSTS – Offers of compromise – where offers of compromise were capable of acceptance and did represent a genuine element of compromise – where although the offeror could be said to have obtained a judgment no less favourable than the terms of the offer within the meaning of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 (NSW) r 42.14(2), the Court “ordered otherwise” as to costs