Estate Research: Modernising Wills Forum

23rd November 2023 - Manchester

Later this month, Estate Research are delighted to be supporting an event debating the biggest reform proposals in the law of wills since 1837!

On the afternoon of 23 November, Law Commissioner Professor Nick Hopkins will be joined by a panel of Private Client experts, to discuss the Law Commission’s wills project and its proposed supplementary consultation paper covering the topics of predatory marriage and digital wills.

Will disputes and the increasing challenges of mental capacity issues are undoubtedly having a significant impact on the landscape of wills. This event will offer delegates the opportunity to debate whether it is time for the law to be modernised as the landscape shifts as well as influence the evolution of Wills & Probate legislation for future generations.

Taking place in the heart of Manchester at John Rylands Rooftop terrace in Manchester Hall, the afternoon will offer real discussion and debate around these topics – with panel sessions and the inclusion of delegate questions throughout.

Estate Research are honoured to be working alongside the Law Commission, STEP, Nicholson Jones Sutton Solicitors and Rothley Law in hosting this event. We look forward to welcoming 200 delegates to an event that has the rare yet real potential to shape fundamental wills legislation.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Nicholas Hopkins, Commissioner for Property, Family and Trust Law, Law Commission of England and Wales
  • Stephen Lawson TEP, Head Of Contentious Probate at Nicholson Jones Sutton
  • Professor Robin Jacoby, Emeritus Professor-Old Age Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  • Helen Forster TEP, Director, HTF Legal Limited
  • Andrew Bishop, Partner, Rothley Law
  • Julie Bell, Consultant, Read Roper and Read Solicitors
  • Dominic Hendry, Head of Private Client, Estate Research
  • Elis Gomer, Barrister, 5 Stone Buildings
  • Sarah Harrison, Barrister, Parklane Plowden Chambers

This event is not to be missed and is completely free to attend! Places are limited and early registration via the STEP website is advised to avoid disappointment at: