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UK Supreme Court considers test for dishonesty in criminal cases

The Supreme Court of England and Wales in its recent decision in Ivey v Genting Casinos [2017] UKSC 67 (“Ivey“) took the opportunity to reassess the approach in criminal cases to determining whether a defendant has acted dishonestly. The Supreme … Continue reading

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London High Court considers trustee decision-making processes

The High Court of England and Wales has provided useful guidance for trustees generally as to the scope of their powers and the manner in which they may properly go about their decision-making processes. These issues arose in connection with … Continue reading

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Ilott v The Blue Cross and others – testamentary freedom and financial provision for family members around the common law world

On 25 April 2017 Richard Norridge, Joanna Caen and Gareth Keillor delivered a webinar on the state of the law relating to testamentary freedom and financial provision for family members following the landmark English Supreme Court decision in Ilott v … Continue reading

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Court resolves dispute between parties as to who should hold the power to appoint trustees following settlor’s death

The English High Court has recently approved an application to change the provision of a trust deed relating to the appointment of new trustees.[1] The change was necessary because the original power was reserved exclusively for the settlor, who had … Continue reading

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Wills interpreted according to their ordinary and natural meaning despite this not reflecting testators’ intention

The English High Court has recently held that, in a case concerning construction of Wills, the ordinary and natural meaning of survivorship clauses should be given effect to.[1] This operated to mean that certain beneficiaries under the Wills of a … Continue reading

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Solicitor fined by SRA for drawing deceased client’s funds

A former partner of a Leeds law firm agreed a fine with the English Solicitors Regulation Authority (the "SRA") after he used expired Powers of Attorney to withdraw funds from a client's bank account, in order to fund the purchase … Continue reading

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Failure to comply with freezing orders leads to prison

In JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank and Another v Pugachev [2016] EWHC 248 & 258 Ch (sentence) and [2016] EWHC 192 (Ch) (liability), the English High Court sentenced Russian businessman Sergei Pugachev to two years in prison for contempt of court. … Continue reading

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London High Court defends a trustee’s right protection from costs

In Felicity Mary Mackley Blades v Richard Auberon Isaac and Christopher Allen Alexander [2016] EWHC 601 (Ch), a decision on costs handed down in March 2016, the English High Court agreed with the argument of the trustee defendants that where the trustees … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills publishes final White Paper – “Trusts – Where are we now?”

Herbert Smith Freehills has published the final of our white papers in the run-up to the Transcontinental Trusts: International Forum 2016, taking place in Bermuda on 9 & 10 May 2016. Herbert Smith Freehills is the Thought Leadership Partner to the … Continue reading

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UK Budget 2016

Last week the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer handed down his eighth Budget. Whilst the 'sugar tax' will attract many of the headlines, there was much else to digest for corporates and individuals alike. 

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