Christmas & New Year Closing

We close for the Christmas and New Year break on Friday 23 December 2016 at 5.00 pm and we re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017 at 9.00 am.

We wish all our clients and professional colleagues a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Rotary Blenheim 10 & 5

A beautiful autumn day in Blenheim Park  yesterday when over 500 runners helped to raise £5000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the Rotary Blenheim 10k & 5k races, sponsored by Ferguson Bricknell

Phone problems at our George Street office

There is a major problem with phone lines in the centre of Oxford; we understand that about 600 lines are affected. We currently have only one working phone line. The phone lines that are not working still send a ringing tone down the line to the person calling even though they don’t ring at our end. So if we don’t answer your call, we are not ignoring you, we just don’t know you’re tyring to ring us.

Our fax line is also affected so we cannot send or receive faxes at present.

The best means of contact is email to the solicitor handing your case.  Click on the soliictor’s name below to send an email.

Sue Whitehead

Chris Wallworth

Bill Short

Rotary Blenheim 10k & 5k

Melvin Berryman of Ferguson Bricknell cruises past the south lawn of Blenheim Palace towards  the 9 kilometre post in the 2014 Rotary Blenheim 10k.

There is still time to enter the 2016 10k and 5k races, sponsored by Ferguson Bricknell, which will be run next Sunday, 23rd October. This year’s charity is The Multiple Sclerosis Society

Click here to enter.


Have you packed everything you need for your holiday?

Flight tickets? Passport? Suncream? Camera? Swimwear? Will?

If you need to update your Will before you go on holiday, please make an appointment to see us at least two weeks before your date of travel. That will give us time to discuss your requirements and prepare your Will so that you can travel with peace of mind.

Please make an appointment to see Chris Wallworth at our George Street office or Melvin Berryman  at our Headington office.

Singer leaves £200 million fortune and no Will

It is reported that the singer Prince was worth the equivalent of £200 million when he died earlier this month but he did not leave a Will. His sister has now applied to a Court in Minneapolis for an administrator to be appointed to administer his estate. With five half-siblings, one full sister and two deceased siblings the stage is set for a potential family dispute.

You may not be worth as much as Prince, but more modest estates can still cause problems for families if there is no Will.  Don’t delay. Make an appointment to see us to discuss your Will, whether you are making a Will for the first time or if you wish to review your existing Will.

Information about making Wills is here

Ask for Chris Wallworth at our City Centre office or Melvin Berryman at our Headington office.


Estranged daughter’s Will claim heading to the Supreme Court

The case of Illott v Mitson has caused a lot of worry for people making Wills since the Court of Appeal awarded Heather Illott a large sum of money from her mother’s estate, even though her mother had cut her out of her Will and did not want her daughter to have a penny of her estate. Mother and daughter had been estranged for 25 years and the mother had left all her estate to three animal charities – RSPCA, RSPB and the Blue Cross.


After her mother’s death in 2004, Mrs Illott made a claim against the estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. This allows family members who are dependent on the deceased and have been cut out of the Will to make a claim on the estate. It had always been thought that an adult child who has no disabilities and is not financially dependent on the deceased would not succeed in a claim under this Act. However, because of Mrs Illott’ s  particular circumstances, the Court of Appeal awarded her a total of £163,000 from her mother’s estate.


The charities have now appealed the decision to the Supreme Court. The Court is being asked to rule on how far a testator can cut a close family member out of a Will and what circumstances might uphold a claim.


We do strongly recommend that you take advice if you are thinking of excluding any of your children from your Will. Please speak to Chris Wallworth.

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