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.

Doyle’s List 2017

Very proud to make Doyle’s List for the third year running, being named one of Queensland’s “Preeminent” Wills & Estate Litigation junior barristers in the 2017 rankings. The list can be viewed here.

Recent media

August has been a busy month.  Here are four articles published on cases I have been in. Elderly multimillionaire’s $70m estate at heart of complex will battle Court orders texta marks on mum’s will be ignored Critical lessons for SMSF succession planning Pilot’s partner wins court approval to organise his funeral

Can an administrator invoke Saunders v Vautier?

Interesting judgment by the Qld Court of Appeal on whether a financial administrator for an adult without capacity can invoke a beneficiary's right to call an end to a trust under the principles in Saunders v Vautier.  2-1 decision on primary questions. Read Re Tracey [2016] QCA 194 here.

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?

Lack of trust

In a judgment delivered yesterday, Jackson J of the Supreme Court of Queensland had to decide whether various gifts to Oxfam Australia "for the purposes of [various educational activities in developing countries]" were absolute gifts, conditional gifts, or charitable trusts for the specified purpose. The problem arose because Oxfam could no longer fulfil the specified purposes, … Continue reading Lack of trust

Ineffective codicil

This morning Martin J dismissed an application for probate of an informal codicil under s18 of the Succession Act 1981 (Qld). The deceased left a duly executed will, prepared by a solicitor.  There was a later handwritten document, which was signed by her and dated, but not witnessed.  It was stored with the will at a solicitor's office. … Continue reading Ineffective codicil

Disclaimer of gift

In a judgment delivered today Mullins J: considered whether a scholarship had been disclaimed by a beneficiary in circumstances where the beneficiary objected to some of the conditions of  the gift - she held it had been considered whether the disclaimer could be retracted - whilst some circumstances in which a disclaimer could be retracted were discussed, … Continue reading Disclaimer of gift

New costs rule

On 19 December 2014, a new 700A was inserted into the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules regarding in estate and trust matters.  The new rule is set out below. Of course, these matters were always able to be taken into account in the court's wide discretion on costs, so it will be interesting to see what practical effect … Continue reading New costs rule