October 1, 2015


In July there was a great deal of excitement in the press about the case of Ilott v Mitson [2015] EWCA Civ 797. Headlines such as “Your will can be ignored, say judges” (Telegraph) and “Judge rules mother's will can be overturned despite it going against her wishes” (ITV news) may have given the impression that a radical change had been wrought upon testators everywhere by the Court of Appeal. However this is not so.


The case is based very much on its facts. Mrs Jackson died in 2004 and left t...

May 21, 2015

 As questions go, and lawyers have to deal with many of them, these seem innocuous enough. Personally I reply (most often) ‘fine’. Or ‘hanging in there’ if feeling fraught. Or ‘top form’ if, you know, I’m on top form. The question is just interesting enough to require a response, and bland enough not to require any form of deep soul-searching for an apt reply.


Now, how about: ‘How is your mental health?’ Not a question that gets asked much (if at all). Much trickier. Could lead to minutes ticki...

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