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Current Issues in Succession Law


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1. Intestacy Reform in 2014-Unfinished Business Roger Kerridge 2. Disquieting Thoughts: Who Will Benefit When We Are Gone? Rebecca Probert 3. How Does the Common Law Forfeiture Rule Work? Ian Williams 4. Proprietary Estoppel: Undermining the Law of Succession? Ben McFarlane 5. Explaining the Mutual Wills Doctrine Ying Khai Liew 6. What's in a Will?-Examining the Modern Approach Towards the Interpretation and Rectification of Testamentary Instruments Birke Hacker 7. Capacity and Want of Knowledge and Approval Penelope Reed 8. Reversing Testamentary Dispositions in Favour of Informal Carers Brian Sloan 9. What Is Left of the Non-Delegation Principle? Lionel Smith 10. Pension Death Benefits: Opportunities and Pitfalls Alexandra Braun 11. Estate Planning for Businesses Emma Chamberlain

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A very high quality volume on current issues in UK succession law, filling a significant gap in the scholarly market.

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BirkeHacker is Professor of Comparative Law at the University of Oxford, Director of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, and a Professorial Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford. Charles Mitchell is Professor of Law at University College London.


Renewed academic engagement with the law of succession, in all its varied aspects, should be welcomed wholeheartedly by practitioners, and has the potential to be a great resource for all concerned with the application and development of the law in this field. -- Michael Ashdown * Conveyancer *
The editors of Current Issues in Succession Law deserve our thanks for bringing this excellent collection of papers to the attention of a wider audience. -- Edward Buckland * Trust Law Quarterly (STEP) *
In Current Issues in Succession Law, we find 11 essays that canvass a diverse array of problems in English succession law ... the doctrinal focus of the volume brings into sharp relief a striking familiarity across the essays in the basic problems they confront ... The volume will ... be of interest to succession scholars in other jurisdictions for contrast and comparison. -- Robert H Sitkoff, Harvard Law School * The Cambridge Law Journal *
... for practitioners in the south of Britain and also those interested in recent developments there, all the most important issues are very well covered and considered ... I look forward very much to the next conference and the follow up volume. -- Richard Frimston, Russell-Cooke LLP * European Property Law Journal *
... an excellent book both as a reference work for students and practitioners and also of interest to the wider public who may be drawn in by the subject matter. -- Judith Bray, Barrister, Professor of Law, University of Buckingham * The Denning Law Journal *
The relevance of this work to the current law of succession cannot be overemphasised and, despite its accessible size and small stature, is a compilation of the highest standard ... at the very least, a work worthy of digestion by any student of the law or prospective creator of a testamentary disposition ... Put simply, this is one not to be missed. -- Matthew E Carn, BPP Law School * Trust Law International *
The editors are to be congratulated on assembling the impressive list of contributing authors. The book offers high-quality analysis on a wide range of issues of importance in the modern English law of succession. It is highly recommended to practitioners and scholars with an interest in the area, as well as to university libraries. -- John Mee, University College Cork * Law Quarterly Review *

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