Good news. A promise to marry? What is this, 1817, not 2017? The start of the piece:
A woman collapsed in court after a judge ruled that her ex-boyfriend had not promised to marry her and she did not have a claim for a half-share of his business. After Judge Alan Johns QC ruled against Gillian Turner, fell onto the desk in front of her and was given first aid treatment from court staff.
The former receptionist had sued her former partner, Michael Durant, claiming he reneged on promises to marry her and to cut her into his property empire.
She claimed the 61-year-old’s business, Lodge House Ltd, was “probably worth millions” when he promised her a 50 per cent stake in the kitchen of their £1.1 million Hertfordshire home.
But the judge said Miss Turner “clearly did not trust” her ex-partner and it was “hard to believe” that she would not have got his promise in writing. [J4MB: And what if she had got it in writing? Would he not have been entitled to change his mind?]
There was a “complete absence” of documents to back up her argument and it was “inherently improbable” that he made the promise, the judge said.