Mining tycoon Gina Rinehart has opted to step down from the family trust just prior to a court case which was set to resolve an acrimonious dispute between herself and her children.

The three eldest children of Gina Rinehart – John Hancock,  Bianca Rinehart and Hope Rinehart Welker – lodged a claim against their mother back in September 2011 in a bid to remove her as head of the multi-billion dollar family trust. The Hope Margaret Hancock Trust was established by Gina…