'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.'
A judgment that went against a women who challenged her late mother’s decision to leave her out of her will in favour of three charities was ‘something of a damp squib’, though lessons can still be learned from it, a professional event heard today. Speaking at the annual conference of national organisation Solicitors for the Elderly, Lesley King, a professor at the University of Law, outlined what beneficiaries and testators could take from the judgment. She said although much of the judgment was fairly routine the biggest lesson to take from Ilott v The Blue Cross and Ors was that appellate courts should be ‘slow to interfere’ with a trial judge’s initial ruling. The case culminated at the Supreme Court in March this year after a fight spanning a decade.