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12 Decisions Later: Succession Law Case Update 2023 – The Highlights Reel – Online Fireside Chat - John Armfield interviews Richard Neal

Fireside Chats are a one hour conversation between two of the most respected experts in their chosen field. Each discussion is planned by the two experts and covers an agreed range of issues.


Wednesday 27th September 2023
Vic, NSW, Qld, ACT, Tas: 1.30pm to 2.30pm
SA & NT:  1.00pm to 2.00pm
WA: 11.30am to 12.30pm

About the Fireside Chat

The past 12 months has been a busy period in the world of wills and estate planning. To help succession lawyers keep up to date with case law and understand its relevance to their practice, this fireside chat between two leading experts will summarise the facts and key takeaways from 12 decisions of note handed down in the past 12 -18 months including:

  • The recent High Court decision in Hill v Zuda (which followed Benz v Armstrong 2022) and the impact of this decision on the construction of binding death benefit nominations
  • Application of MLC Investments [2022] NSWSC 1541 (criminal law consequences in estate matters)
  • Owies [2022] VSCA 142 (challenging exercise of discretion for discretionary family trusts)
  • Re Kordos [2023] VSC 14 (regarding conflict of interests when executor seeks appointment as ad litem administrator)
  • Ritossa v Ritossa [2023] NSWCA 14 (regarding the proper appointment of interim administrators)
  • Olsen v James [2020] NSWSC 1015 (claim for costs in estate administration following distribution in error to charities)
  • Re Permewan (No 2) [2022] QSC 114 (gift and loan back arrangements)
  • Chisak v Presot [2022] NSWCA 100 (testamentary capacity, eligibility to claim and whether proper provision has been made for a party)
  • Re Estate Capelin, deceased [2022] NSWSC 238 (use of probate caveats)
  • Re Estates Brooker-Pain and Soulos [2019] NSWSC 671 (inappropriate use of subpoenas)
  • Lewis v Lewis [2021] NSWCA 168 (regarding knowledge and approval)
  • Bear v Bear, Jordan v Bear [2022] NSWSC 1687 (limits of impact of consent orders on a will)

Presented By

Richard Neal
Partner & Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates, Teece Hodgson & Ward Sydney, NSW
John Armfield
Barrister, Second Floor Wentworth Chambers Sydney, NSW

Who Should Attend?

This fireside chat presentation is suitable for succession Lawyers. This fireside chat is for practitioners with some knowledge in all states and territories.

CPD Certificate

Registered live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar. Lawyers can claim up to 1 CPD unit/point – substantive law. This webinar has been designed to run for 1 hour, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion.


If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Webinar Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email: [email protected]

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