International and Cross-Border

Does where I live affect my Will? The importance of habitual resience in the case of rock star Johnny Hallyday’s estate

If you own assets in an EU country (with the exception of Ireland and Denmark), then where you live – known as your ‘habitual residence’ - will be important when it comes to your Will and may impact how, or even if, the wishes expressed in your Will are carried out.

This is due to the EU Succession Regulation (650/2012 also known as Brussels IV). Under the EU Succession Regulation, habitual residence is very important. A person’s habitual residence affects which country’s laws apply when carrying out the terms of their Will.

Driving without a valid MOT following lockdown: the penalties

The six-month lockdown extension for MOTs comes to an end on 1 August, with drivers warned they could face financial penalties if they drive without a valid MOT.

The extension was brought in for vehicles whose MOTs were due from March 2020, with lockdown meaning motorists were unable to get their cars tested.

But, with the extension now ending, motorists are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy.

Matthew Graham on BBC Points West

The wearing of face coverings in shops became law on 24 July 2020, with the Government announcing on 31 July that the legislation will now be extended to also apply to indoor venues including places of worship, galleries, cinemas and museums.

This new legislation comes into force on 8 August 2020 and aims to curb rising rates of Covid-19.

Matthew Graham, Head of Stone King’s Criminal Law Team, recently answered viewers’ questions on where face coverings needed to be worn for BBC Points West and also spoke to the Bath Echo.

Webinar: Buying & Selling French property - a guide for UK nationals - 15.07.2020

Essential viewing for anyone thinking of buying or selling property in France; this free comprehensive webinar explains the (very) different legal process for buying and selling in France, when compared to the UK.

Detailing key procedural differences between the UK and France, the webinar covers: the steps that must be taken; the deadlines to meet; and the obligations imposed on the parties. 

Importantly the webinar illustrates the incorrect assumptions and key mistakes made by British buyers of French property, and how to avoid them.

Learn also where to get competent legal advice from hand-picked lawyers (on both sides of the Channel) and particularly the benefit of using cross-border specialists, instead of local lawyers, who do not know what you don’t know, because they are unaware of the legal cultural differences.

Protect  yourself and your family when making one of the biggest investments of your life, by learning what action you must take, to ensure that French succession law (which doesn’t allow you to leave your property to whomever you wish, regardless of what it says in your will) can be replaced by the law of your nationality, instead.

To register for this webinar please click here.

Date & Location

Wednesday 15 July 2020


10:00 am - Start
11:00 am - Finish


Dan Harris 
Head of International & Cross-Border Team | Stone King LLP


This webinar is free to attend.

Any cancellation received with less than 2 working days’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. Your booking can be transferred into a name of a substitute delegate at any time - please contact Events or call 0800 111 4336 with the details.

Can charity legacy officers challenge the costs of other professionals acting as Personal Representatives?

This article considers whether charity legacy officers can challenge charges incurred by personal representatives, who are not solicitors but are acting in a professional capacity and where the Will allows for payment to be received for their time and services. Again, if you are a charity beneficiary who has concerns about the level of charges being levied, there is a means of challenging those charges.

Can charity legacy officers challenge solicitor executors’ costs?

Legacies left to UK charities under a Will are an important source of income for charities. However the costs incurred in administering the estate can often seem excessive and charity beneficiaries (particularly residuary ones) who have concerns about the costs being charged by the solicitor acting as executor or on behalf of the executors of a Will, often can be left feeling like they have no control.


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