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Macpherson Kelley client wins unanimous inheritance decision in Court of Appeal

19 July 2021 Communications and Digital Marketing Executive Erin MacKinnon e: erin.mackinnon@mk.com.au d: 07 3235 0471 m: 0411 259 340
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In a unanimous decision, Macpherson Kelley client, Gary Harris achieved success upon appeal following a 2020 decision which also ruled in Gary’s favour.

The Macpherson Kelley team was led by Special Counsel Libby Goad with counsel/barrister Daniel Clough.

Special Counsel Libby Goad said the Harris matter serves as a vital precedent for future disputes.

“This was a comprehensive win (again) for our client, who has expressed his deep gratitude to the entire legal team. Gary really put his trust in us, and we’re so pleased to have been able to obtain this result for him,” she said.

“This was not only a legal and financial win but a result which will empower our client into the future.”

Gary Harris, a dairy farmer from Inverloch, entrusted Macpherson Kelley with the conduct of his proceeding for the second time, as his father, the appellant, contested a 2020 decision granting Gary three and a half of the four titles promised to him by his father, John Harris.

The remaining half of the fourth title was granted to Gary’s brother, Craig Harris, a concession uncontested in Court.

During the original decision in the Supreme Court, the judge noted the detriment suffered by Gary was “beyond the measure of money” and had altered the trajectory of his life in a way which now “could not be unscrambled”.

Though Mr Harris’ father lodged an appeal, the Court ultimately ruled in Gary’s favour, less than two weeks after the appeal hearing.

Gary says that the care taken by Libby and the Macpherson Kelley team was greatly appreciated during an uncertain and tumultuous time.

“We would like to thank Libby and her team for their work on our matter and the wonderful effort made to secure a positive outcome in the Court of Appeal,” he said.

“Libby has been amazing throughout this difficult and stressful time.”

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Macpherson Kelley client wins unanimous inheritance decision in Court of Appeal

19 July 2021 Erin MacKinnon e: erin.mackinnon@mk.com.au d: 07 3235 0471 m: 0411 259 340

In a unanimous decision, Macpherson Kelley client, Gary Harris achieved success upon appeal following a 2020 decision which also ruled in Gary’s favour.

The Macpherson Kelley team was led by Special Counsel Libby Goad with counsel/barrister Daniel Clough.

Special Counsel Libby Goad said the Harris matter serves as a vital precedent for future disputes.

“This was a comprehensive win (again) for our client, who has expressed his deep gratitude to the entire legal team. Gary really put his trust in us, and we’re so pleased to have been able to obtain this result for him,” she said.

“This was not only a legal and financial win but a result which will empower our client into the future.”

Gary Harris, a dairy farmer from Inverloch, entrusted Macpherson Kelley with the conduct of his proceeding for the second time, as his father, the appellant, contested a 2020 decision granting Gary three and a half of the four titles promised to him by his father, John Harris.

The remaining half of the fourth title was granted to Gary’s brother, Craig Harris, a concession uncontested in Court.

During the original decision in the Supreme Court, the judge noted the detriment suffered by Gary was “beyond the measure of money” and had altered the trajectory of his life in a way which now “could not be unscrambled”.

Though Mr Harris’ father lodged an appeal, the Court ultimately ruled in Gary’s favour, less than two weeks after the appeal hearing.

Gary says that the care taken by Libby and the Macpherson Kelley team was greatly appreciated during an uncertain and tumultuous time.

“We would like to thank Libby and her team for their work on our matter and the wonderful effort made to secure a positive outcome in the Court of Appeal,” he said.

“Libby has been amazing throughout this difficult and stressful time.”