Dispute Resolution Law Blog

20 January 2020

Cutting a long story short: Reform of witness evidence in the Business & Property Courts

The Business & Property Courts Witness Evidence Working Group has published its final report concerning reforms to the current practice surrounding witness evidence. The report shows that while there is broad consensus in favour of reform, there is a divergence of views amongst members of the legal profession and court users as to how it should be achieved. As such, the report’s recommendations are quite modest, especially when viewed against some of the more radical proposals considered by the working group.

Richard Clayman

13 December 2019

Barnaby v Johnson – Defendant has no basis for any proper challenge to Will validity

In cases where there might be doubt about the validity of a Will there are a number of grounds on which the Will might be challenged, depending on the circumstances. 

Kate Salter

12 December 2019

Crypto assets: That was the year that was 2019

The tenth anniversary of the first ever BitCoin transaction will fall in April 2020.  Not many people are using cryptoassets for everyday transactions, such as a takeaway pizza order and as such Satoshi Nakamoto’s vision of a stateless peer to peer electronic currency is yet to be realised, but in the last few years cryptoassets have certainly entered the public consciousness, even if that does mostly relate to the huge spike in the value of BitCoin in December 2017.

Mary Young

10 December 2019

Trust me: how a constructive trust saved millions

The recent decision of the Court of Appeal (CA) in Alice Kahrmann (as administrator of the estate of Rainer Christuab Kahrmann) v Hilary Harrison-Morgan (2019) may on the face of it appear to be a textbook dispute between a daughter and step-mother but it teaches us more than meets the eye, particularly in respect of the power of a constructive trust.

Emily Greig

5 December 2019

Funeral fall-outs and body battles – Who is in charge?

In most cases, after the death of a loved one, family members and those close to the deceased come together to agree a fitting and respectful ‘send-off’ for the deceased, whether that involves a funeral, burial, cremation, memorial service or any other way of saying ‘goodbye’.

Kate Salter

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