A FARMER’S son who was disinherited after a “personality clash” with his father has won a long-running inheritance dispute case.

Andrew Guest, 53, started working on Tump Farm, in Sedbury, after leaving school aged 16.

He worked there for 30 years, but a dramatic falling out with his father, David Guest, saw him cut out of the will in favour of his younger brother in 2018.

In a letter attached to the will, the father said he had “lost all trust” in Andrew and that he had “never promised” him any sort of inheritance.

The claim was brought by Andrew because his parents went back on promises they had made that he would inherit a substantial share of the farm.

In April last year, a High Court judge ordered David to hand his eldest son almost half the farm and dairy business, valued at more than £6.2 million.

The parents were then granted permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal solely on the question of what sum of money or other remedy the parents should pay to Andrew.

Now, the Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal brought by David and his wife Josephine Guest.

Judge Russen QC accepted Andrew’s evidence that his parents had repeatedly led him to believe that he would inherit a significant part of the farm.

The judge further held that it was “unconscionable” for the parents to go back on those promises.

Polly Ridgway, who acted for Andrew Guest, said: “Andrew’s parents put in place a series of measures which were designed to leave Andrew, in his fifties, with no home, no job, no savings, and no pension, despite a lifetime’s worth of work.

“Thankfully, the court was prepared to use its powers to prevent this clear injustice and, as a result, Andrew will now, in effect, receive his inheritance during his parents’ lifetimes.”