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Ilott: Started from the bottom, now we're here

This chapter may have come to an end with the Supreme Court’s ruling, but this is not the end of the story, suggests Julia Burns

17 March 2017

In August 2015, I posted an article on LinkedIn entitled ‘Now the Ilott v Mitson dust has settled’. In it I made reference to the widely held view that in the original instance, District Judge Million had incorrectly applied the law because he did not consider what effect his award of £50,000 would have on the claimant’s benefits. It is now clear that DJ Million had not made any such errors and that after ten years of litigation, he was in fact right all along.

The Supreme Court has reinstated the original award of £50,000 to Heather Ilott from her mother’s estate which was worth just under £500,000. In 2007, that original award had the effect of increasing claims being brought from adult children. This week’s Supreme Court judgment is being hailed as a v...

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