Ames v Jones & Ors

[2016] EW Misc B67 (CC), Lawtel AC0151933 27/9/16

Barrister: Oliver Wooding 
Area of Law: Wills, Trusts and Probate
Summary: Oliver appeared at trial for an adult daughter in a claim under Inheritance (Provision for Family Dependants) Act 1975 for financial provision out of her father’s Estate, which was left entirely to his second wife.  The case raised interesting questions about the nature of the court’s discretion under s. 9 to treat jointly owned property as part of the net Estate and was ultimately dismissed where the judge concluded that the claimant’s present unemployment was “a lifestyle choice”.  The case caused considerable press attention and was featured in the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, and This Morning.