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Murder Trials: Coming Live to a Television Near You? Part One

Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, has come out in support of the South African High Court’s decision to stream the Oscar Pistorius trial live. “Open Justice” direct from Pretoria His Lordship has described the coverage as “impressive” and went as far to say that it was a good example of how the criminal... read more

Under Threat and Under Duress: Will Disputes

The drafting of wills ought to offer a prospective testator with peace of mind. The fact that their estate will be administered in accordance with their wishes after their passing is obviously reassuring. The finality of death prompts testators to place these wishes with appointed executors, whom they trust to obey their instructions, but what... read more

Entrusting your last will and testament… to your accountant?

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) will be able to grant alternative business structure (ABS) licences from September. In a month’s time, chartered accountants will therefore be able to conduct probate services, if they are in receipt of an ABS licence. For probate lawyers this decision defies all logic and common sense. An experienced... read more

Children’s Voices Will be Heard in the Family Court

The Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB) held a landmark conference in London last week, where Justice Minister Simon Hughes confirmed that the Government will ensure that children aged 10 and over will have a say in how their case is handled by the courts and the judiciary. This commitment will affect all family court... read more

Flat Pack Probate and DIY Executors

The grief surrounding bereavement intensifies when probate remains unresolved, but statistics released by the High Court have revealed that an unprecedented number of lay executors are breaching their fiduciary duties. Appointing family members or friends as trustees in lieu of instructing a probate solicitor can be reassuring when the emotional toll of losing a loved... read more