John Darnton

John is a member of the will and trusts disputes team at  BDB Pitmans and has a particular interest in claims brought against estates for financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.


Who Should Benefit When You Die

English law does not enable a family member to automatically receive a share of a person’s estate on their death. This is often referred to as “testamentary freedom” and was described in the 1860’s thus: “The English law leaves everything to the unfettered discretion of the testator …”. (Banks v Goodfellow (1869–70)). Some 45 years […]Read More

Wills & Probate

Nobody Fights Like Families

We all know about the fictional perennial case of Jarndyce v Jarndyce which is central to Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Over 160 years later the court lists are still routinely populated by long running family disputes. A recent example is the case involving Andrew Frejek and his brother, Stephen, and sister, Susan. These were […]Read More