Dispute Resolution Law Blog

5 September 2019

A reminder on costs in the context of probate litigation and the importance of mediation

The most recent decision in the case of Christopher Burgess v Jennifer Penny & anr [2019] EWHC 2034 (Ch) serves as a useful reminder that the principles applicable to costs in the context of probate litigation are different from the costs of other litigation and the importance of mediation.

Katherine Pymont

16 August 2019

Who died first? Judgment handed down in Scarle v Scarle

This week HHJ Kramer handed down his judgment in the case concerning Mr and Mrs Scarle. The court was asked to consider the question as to which of them had died first in October 2016, after they were both found dead at their bungalow in Essex. 

Kate Salter

12 August 2019

The tragic death of Peter Farquhar: an extreme case of undue influence?

Following the recent case  involving Ben Fields, Katherine explains how a 'potential undue influence claim' could protect the estate of the elderly or vulnerable.

Katherine Pymont

12 August 2019

Good news for potential claimants in Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims

Earlier this year we reported on the case of Cowan v Foreman, [2019] EWHC 349 Fam and the decision of Mr Justice Mostyn to refuse Mary Cowan an extension of time to bring a claim 17 months out of time against her late husbands estate pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Katherine Pymont

25 July 2019

Preventing, detecting and responding to fraud

Katherine Pymont, a senior associate, sets out how clients should address the problem of fraud, including having a proper anti-fraud policy.

Katherine Pymont

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