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Contentious Probate 2020 Conference

Wednesday 11th March, One Park Crescent, London




Registration 8.45am

Morning Sessions

9.30am Latest on 1975 Act cases,

Penny Reed QC, 5 Stone Buildings & Paul Hewitt, Withers

Panel session -

How does the court calculate equity? Clean break, lump sum - Habberfield

          Latest on propriety estoppel cases

          Fulling promises not fulfilling need.

Leslie Blohm QC, St John’s Chambers

Sebastian Kokelaar, 3 Stone Buildings

Lucinda Brown, Hewitsons

Discussion session -

Wills: when and how to follow the golden rule, and what may happen if you don't

a review of the medical issues that may impact on testamentary capacity and some advice on the practicalities of getting a medical opinion

Drake v Dervish

Constance McDonnell QC, Serle Court & Dr James Warner, Halcyon Doctors

The use of  Early Neutral Evaluation following Lomax v Lomax

Miranda Allardice, 5 Stone Buildings

Afternoon Sessions

1.45pm Can a trustee(s) act impartially and adopt a neutral position and leave beneficiaries to litigate between themselves?

Alex Learmonth & James Saunders, New Square Chambers

It is time to expand our little heterosexual or homosexual worlds and take a new look at domicile

- How children are born - fertilisation, surrogacy - and who their "parents" are

- How this sits, or doesn't, with the law on domicile of origin and how this is allocated - marriage follows

  father; unmarried follows mother - if there are 2 fathers or 2 mothers

- Domicile in the context of the 1975 Act

Amy Berry & Mark Dubbary, Pump Court Chambers and Sam Dewes, BDO

How to obtain information about the estate, Lewis v Tamplin - what documents & info do PRs need to provide for beneficiaries?

Privacy issues in varying trusts, especially children (MN v OP)

Aidan Briggs and Guy Adams, New Square Chambers

Top ten mistakes in estate administration and quick ways to rectify them (avoiding professional negligence claims)

Richard Dew, Ten Old Sq.

Conference close 5pm