Learning to Read

I was born in early 1960, a child of that optimistic decade by a handful of weeks. I learned to read early and was a bookish child, living in imaginary worlds remote from the ordinary suburban house in south-west London where my brother and I grew up…

It started in the days after the death of Princess Diana in the late summer of 1997. Piles of flowers, impromptu shrines with candles, cards and messages, heaped up at the gates of her London home, Kensington Palace, and in the Mall approaching Buckingham Palace. Saturation broadcasting and press coverage…

The senior partners of Barings 1926 by Ambrose McEvoy — l. to r. John Baring, second Lord Revelstoke, Cecil Baring, later third Lord Revelstoke, Gaspard Farrer, Alfred Mildmay. Barings were the original trustees of the National Fund chosen by the donor “in order to secure the benefit of your long experience”. Barings had been trading since 1726, and the donor could not have imagined that the National Fund would outlast the existence of the bank, which failed in the aftermath of the crisis precipitated by rogue trader Nick Leeson in 1995

Update: 9 November 2020 — judgment in Attorney General v. Zedra Fiduciary Services UK Ltd [2020] EWHC 2988 (Ch) has now been published on BAILII, upholding the validity of the National Fund as a charitable trust for the purpose of discharging the National Debt and deciding that the court can…

Lost and Found — 1860–2020

This is the story behind and beyond the facts and evidence in Ommanney v Stilwell (23 Beav 328) 53 ER 129, a case decided in the High Court in England in 1856. The court had to consider the unknown date of death of naval lieutenant…

A man who had lived in this street in Islington for most of his long life died of Covid-19 in the first week of April. His wife had died a few years before him, of a lung disease caused or exacerbated by the fibres she had inhaled decades earlier, as…

Barbara Rich

English barrister & mediator — specialising in disputed succession & decision-making for people who lack mental capacity

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