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Mark Mullen

| Call 2001

Profile: Wills and Estates

Experience and Expertise

Mark Mullen’s work includes administration actions, bona vacantia, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, conflict of laws, contentious and non-contentious probate, donationes mortis causa, removal or personal representatives, variation of trusts, insolvency administration orders and succession issues on intestacy. He advises as to the construction and validity of wills and other instruments and on the administration of estates generally.

He represented the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change as specialist probate counsel in the British Coal Respiratory Disease Group Litigation.

He is a Registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (‘TEP’) and a Registered Contentious Trust and Probate Specialist (‘CTAPS’).

Cases

King v. Dubrey [2015] EWCA Civ 581; [2016] Ch. 221. Donatio mortis causa – appeal – proper boundaries of doctrine – claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Abdulla v. Abdulla [2013] EWHC 4281 (Ch) (Chancery Division, Vos J). Costs between the parties – administration of estates – costs – action for account and replacement of trustees – trustees’ entitlement to indemnity out of estate – whether trustees acted reasonably.

Roberts v. National Anti-Vivisection Society (Chancery Division, Judge Hodge QC). Will construction – interpretation of gift to a beneficiary which did not exist.

Kings v. Bultitude [2010] WTLR 1571 (Chancery Division, Proudman J.). Succession – gift to charity – lapse – initial failure.

Seminars

Mark Mullen
“His approachability and clear view of the bigger picture stand him in good stead.”

Chambers UK