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Woman beats brothers in court after being left out of father’s £9million ‘sexist’ will

A 62-year-old farmer’s daughter, Julie Mate, has won a share of the £9million fortune her father left behind.

Julie faced brothers Andrew and Robert Mate in court after their father favored them in his will. The couple received the entire West Yorkshire dairy farm from their parents.

Recounting how she helped run the farm, the complainant revealed that she even sacrificed her school and social life to help out. She called farm labor as a child “forced labor” in a letter to her mother in 2014.

She further explained how she was ‘devastated and bewildered’ when her father, Donald Mate, died in 1992 and left his share of the farm to his wife Shirley and sons, Shirley, now 89, giving later also his part to the boys.

Julie said she and her two sisters were left out of the farming fortune and given £12,000 each was sexism.

She also told how she had worked to remove the land from the green belt so that it could be built on. This greatly increased the value of the land, but Julie did not get a significant portion of the rewards. She revealed that she started looking for ways the farm could make money after she started struggling in the 2000s.

She said she was encouraged by her mother from 2007 and considered the development potential of 40 acres of farmland. Julie said she worked on the project between 2008 and 2015 with a planning consultant and felt that, if it was profitable, she would see an equal share of the rewards. The local council approved it for housing in 2012, and Julie called her brother Andrew to update it.

Mirror reported that she told him she had done the work ‘on behalf of the girls’, to which Andrew allegedly asked angrily: ‘What does this have to do with you?’

Julie said the brothers made it clear to her that she shouldn’t return to the business after college, even if she wanted to. She said she hadn’t always had the best relationship with her brothers Robert, now 65, and Andrew, 60, and recalled an incident in which Andrew, 17, drove her a Land Rover in the farmyard.

Julie also claimed that Robert once put his hand around her throat and said “you’re not coming back”. Both brothers denied that the incidents happened.

The land Julie had worked to be appraised was included in the council’s local plan in 2015, but her mother and brothers agreed to a £9million sale to developers Persimmon Homes without telling her.

Woman beats brothers in court after being kicked out by father

Ruling on the case, Judge Andrew Sutcliffe KC said;

“Although Robert and Andrew have denied or do not recall these incidents, I accept that they happened.

“I also accept that from this time at least, and probably before, the relationship between Julie and her brothers was strained, caused in part by Julie’s interest in the farm and the brothers’ determination to don’t get involved..

“According to her, this meant that the sisters subsidized their brothers so that they could have a life on the family farm, which she did not have the possibility to pursue.

“I accept Julie’s testimony that at no time did she tell any of her brothers or Shirley that she would be working on this project for nothing, with no expectation of any reward.

“Shirley, Andrew and Robert obtained the benefit of Julie’s services, at Julie’s expense, in circumstances where they had been advised of the services, they knew that Julie expected a reward for her services, and they could have refused the profit, but did not make it.”

Julie has now received a £652,000 payout from her brothers’ fortune after the land left to them fell from £300,000 to £9million. The lady who studied animal science at university, worked as an agricultural journalist and then as a senior executive in dairy companies and agricultural organizations.

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