Dispute Resolution Law Blog

24 July 2017

Protecting vulnerable will makers – will the Law Commission review go far enough?

Earlier this month the Law Commission published its Consultation Paper on ‘Making A Will’. The consultation seeks feedback from the public and professionals on a number of provisional proposals for reforming the law of wills. This follows a public consultation in 2013 and responds to concerns that the law “is not as clear or protective as it could be”. The aim of this project is to produce “recommendations for a more modern, improved law of wills”, with the key objectives being to (i) support the exercise of testamentary freedom, (ii) protect testators, and (iii) increase clarity and certainty in the law.

Kate Salter

6 July 2017

PAG appeal landmark mis-selling case and RBS ordered to disclose its policy on the hidden cost of Swaps

Shortly before Christmas, the High Court handed down a comprehensive 187 page judgment in Property Alliance Group Ltd v The Royal Bank of Scotland PLC.  The court found in favour of RBS on all three claims brought by Property Alliance Group Ltd (PAG). 

Richard Foss

27 June 2017

Google fined 2.42 billion by the European Commission

The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaking EU antitrust rules. Under these rules, dominant companies have a responsibility not to abuse their powerful market positions by restricting competition. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said that Google “abused its market dominance as a search engine by promoting its own comparison shopping service and demoting those of competitors”. 

Anna Metadjer

12 June 2017

Annual statistics for Trusts, Wills and Probate released

The annual statistics for The Royal Courts of Justice, January to December 2016 were recently released.

Katherine Pymont

30 May 2017

The difficulties (but not impossibility) of challenging wills prepared by solicitors

In recent years we have noticed an increase in claims being brought which challenge the validity of a will. The reasons for this increase have been previously commented on by many, but the general feeling is that an increasing elderly population, an increase in the diagnosis of medical conditions such as dementia, and even perhaps a growing sense of entitlement by hopeful beneficiaries are all contributing factors. 

Laura Phillips

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