The Bristol Law Society’s Annual Private Client Conference was held on Wednesday 26 September 2012 at Clarke Willmott’s Bristol Offices. Claire Conlon of Burges Salmon reports.
A broad range of topics were covered, ranging from the Mental Capacity Act to a look at how changes to the regulation of financial services industry may impact on the legal profession.
Wills featured high on the agenda with Alex Troup from St John’s Chambers discussing disputes over the construction of Wills and some practical ways in which such disputes may be resolved, and Philip Jenkins, also of St Johns Chambers, giving a practical talk on the procedure for rectifying Wills. Roger Kerridge, Emeritus Professor at the University of Bristol, spoke on the challenges that have been made to suspicious Wills, going through a number of cases spanning 1858 to the present and including some intriguing, and lesser known, details, surrounding some of the key cases in this area.
Other speakers included David Rees from 5 Stone Buildings, who gave an update on recent Court of Protection decisions and George Rowell, from St Johns Chambers, who provided an update on the recent issues and case law surrounding business and agricultural property relief. David Maddock, from Clarke Willmott, spoke on IHT planning for farmers, landowners, businessmen and entrepreneurs and the day concluded with an interesting talk from Terence Moore, the Deputy Coroner for Avon, on the role of the Coroner and how this role interacts with the private client lawyer.
Thanks to BLS and Clarke Willmott for organising and hosting a packed and extremely useful programme for the day.