26th September, 2014

David Gilchrist represents family in claim on estate of manslaughter victim

In a claim that attracted national and local media coverage, David Gilchrist represented the intestacy beneficiaries who successfully defended a claim by Paul Chadwick to modify the forfeiture in respect of the estate of his girlfriend, Lisa Clay. Mr Chadwick was convicted of the manslaughter of Lisa Clay and, by virtue of the rule, was prevented from benefitting under her will. He contended that the severe mental illness that he was suffering at the time of the killing justified the rule being modified under section 2 of the Forfeiture Act 1982. Mr Chadwick's claim was tried and dismissed in the High Court in Manchester: for the judgment see [2014] EWHC 3055 (Ch).



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