Ahmed & Anor v Ahmed & Ors [2016]

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal of a decision pronouncing against the validity of a will on the grounds that a late amendment to the particulars of claim to include an allegation of forgery amounted to a procedural irregularity. 

Kingsley Napley's family team was last night named the winner of the ‘Family Law Legal Team - Editor's Award’ at the WealthBriefing European Awards 2016.

Judged by a panel of senior executives of international private banks, industry consultants and WealthBriefing editorial staff, comments about Kingsley Napley's family team included:

"When dealing with today’s high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients, a law firm typically must address complex, cross-border issues and be comfortable in helping people from all backgrounds and languages.

This law firm, as demonstrated by the breadth of its case-work and expertise, such as the French-speaking skills, for example, and its handling of cases with Middle East clients, achieves all this with flair and attention to detail."

ClearView Financial Media’s CEO, and Publisher of WealthBriefing,  Stephen Harris, was first to extend his congratulations to all the winners.  He said: “The firms who triumphed in these awards are all worthy winners, and I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations.  These awards were judged solely on the basis of entrants’ submissions and their response to a number of specific questions, which had to be answered focusing on the client experience, not quantitative performance metrics.  That is a unique, and I believe, compelling feature.  These awards recognise the very best operators in the private client industry, with ‘independence’, ‘integrity’ and ‘genuine insight’ the watchwords of the judging process - such that the awards truly reflect excellence in wealth management.  I am optimistic that these annual awards will become one of the brightest highlights in the wealth management calendar.”

Bernice Elliot v (1) Ruth Simmonds (2) Alan Tulip (Executor of the Estate of Kenneth William Jordan, Deceased) 2016

The High Court has made an adverse cost order against the daughter of multi-millionaire Kenneth Jordan (“the Deceased”) who insisted that her father’s will be proved in solemn form - and for that purpose invoked her right to cross examine the attesting witness - despite not raising a positive case in challenging the validity of his will. In this much publicised case, the Deceased had bequeathed his entire estate to his partner having cut his daughter out of his will a matter of months before he died.

Kingsley Napley LLP is pleased to announce two new partners at the firm - Sandra Paul and Jim Sawer.

Ilott v Mitson (2015)

On 1 March 2016, the Supreme Court reported that it has given the residuary charity beneficiaries (the RSPCA, RSPB and Blue Cross) leave to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision in Ilot v Mitson that increased an award to an estranged daughter for reasonable financial provision from her mother’s estate.