Contentious trusts and wills specialist, Alexia Thomas, shares her view on the implications of the charity wills judgement that's received attention in the press. 

'The decision in this case - and the attention it continues to receive in the media - could be a reason for the significant increase in the number of claims issued under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. 

The statistics released by the Royal Courts of Justice show a significant increase in the number of claims issued under Inheritance Act, from 116 claims made in 2015 to 158 claims in 2016.

This is a significant rise - and could signify the start of a trend. Watch this space.'