- Financial consequences of assisted suicide (Ninian v Findlay and others)
- What are the implications of the decision going forward? Are cases being dealt with correctly?
- What is the personal background to the case?
- What are the key elements in terms of the offence, investigation and decisions around prosecution a person who has assisted someone to commit suicide?
- What are the financial consequences of assisting or encouraging someone to commit suicide?
- Is an application for relief against forfeiture required? What will the judge consider?
- What did the court decide in this case?
Private Client analysis: In Ninian v Findlay and others, the High Court granted Sarah Ninian, who assisted her husband Alex Ninian with ending his life, relief against forfeiture, allowing her to inherit his estate and receive his share of their jointly owned assets. Toby Bishop, barrister at Field Court Chambers, who acted as a junior counsel for Mrs Ninian, discusses how the forfeiture rule is engaged, its effects and why relief was granted.
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