Professor cut out of will after mum married woman half her age wins £1m payout

An Oxford University professor has won a £1million inheritance payout after his mum snubbed him for a woman half her age.

Professor Chris Gosden's mother, Dr Jean Weddell left everything to her civil partner Wendy Cook when she died in 2013 aged 84.

Yet the archaeologist claimed one thing he was to be bequeathed was his mother's £1.25million house in Kennington, south London.

Despite what Gosden understood to be a legally binding agreement, he later discovered the property had been sold, The Sun reports.

He responded by suing lawyers Halliwell Landau, which set up a family trust in 2003 designed to protect the house, or the sale money, for him and his family.

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A judge had previously ruled the firm had negligently failed to spot and address a loophole that allowed the house to be sold without his consent.

As a result, at the High Court on Tuesday, Judge Mark Pelling QC ruled Prof Gosden was to be awarded £985,299.45 in damages.

Prof Gosden launched his case under the belief that barrister Ms Cook, who was 37 years younger than his mum, sold the property.

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In court, he expressed "a deep distrust of Ms Cook and her motives".

The same court heard in 2018 that Ms Cook was also a lover of judge Jean Southworth QC, who died aged 83 in 2010.

Despite the trio of Ms Southword, Dr Weddell and Ms Cook, living on the Isle of Wight together, the latter denied it was "effectively a threesome".

Ms Cook is claimed to have inherited £2.5million from Ms Southworth.

After giving her son up for adoption in 1955, Dr Weddell later established a “strong” relationship with Prof Gosden.

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