A woman from Birmingham is set to become £2 million richer after winning a High Court battle over a relative's will.

Vivien Calderwood, a GP from Handsworth, received the windfall after her husband's share-dealing uncle left her his fortune in 1999.

But the will of Dr Joseph McClintock, who practised in Essex, was contested by his 79-year-old brother Eric McClintock, from Eastbourne.

The brother - one of ten children - told London's High Court his brother always meant to die without leaving a will so his money would be split between his surviving brothers and sisters, four of whom are still living.

The retired businessman also alleged that his brother, who made his will when living at the St Ives nursing home in Chingford, was ravaged by Parkinson's Disease and dementia at the time.

Speaking at the High Court yesterday Deputy Judge George Bompas QC accepted the circumstances in which Dr McClintock made his will " required investigation" and paid tribute to "the charm and no little skill" with which his brother argued his case.

But he insisted Dr McClintock, who died of pneumonia, aged 84, in April 2001 leaving £1,999,535.20, still knew what he was doing when he left his fortune to Mrs Calderwood.

Neither Mrs Calderwood or her husband were at their £895,000, eight bedroom home in Handsworth yesterday.