Australia wide Doyle’s List

I am really excited to be named one of the five preeminent junior counsel for the whole of Australia in the 2018 Doyle's List for "Leading Wills & Estates Litigation Barristers – Australia".  Also, the only Queenslander, and the only female barrister on the preeminent list.  You can view the list here.

Whose will is it anyway? Court of Appeal considers rectification power

The Qld Ct of Appeal today handed down judgment in a rectification case.  I appeared for the appellant.  This is the first time an appellate court in Australia has considered the new, broader powers of rectification of wills (introduced in Qld in 2006). The testator and her partner told their solicitor they each wanted the … Continue reading Whose will is it anyway? Court of Appeal considers rectification power

When is a contract to make a will a contract?

The decision of Haggarty v Wood (No. 2) [2015] QSC 244 was handed down yesterday by Jackson J in an alleged testamentary contract case.   I appeared for the defendant. Almost 2 years ago the plaintiffs had their statement of claim struck out, with leave to re-plead.   See Haggarty v Wood judgment here.  Since then the … Continue reading When is a contract to make a will a contract?

New mutual wills case

Flocas v Carlson is a mutual wills case handed down 4 June 2015 by McMillan J in the Victorian Supreme Court.  It is a very long decision (100 pages) but contains a very detailed history of mutual wills cases, and considers important issues such as: whether mutual wills agreements are a contract (thereby requiring consideration, … Continue reading New mutual wills case