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.
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).
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”.
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.