In the words of the great man, Where Are We Now? 
It is around two years since the implementation of the reforms to the CPR researched, suggested, marshalled and implemented by Sir Rupert Jackson.
The thrust of these reforms is that justice is no longer the central feature or objective of our civil justice system. It remains a central feature, but only in the context of proportionality. What does proportionality mean? We are not sure yet, but that is undoubtedly the subject of a future...
Deathbed Gifts – Donatio Mortis Causa and Real Property
A will needs to be in writing, and a will needs to be witnessed by two people. That is plain from section 9 of theWills Act 1837. Absent these two essential characteristics a will is not effective and property will pass under either a pre-existing will or alternatively under the rules of intestacy.
Donatio mortis causa (“DMC”) demonstrates that there is an exception to this.
DMC is an old equitable doctrine that a gift made in conte...