• ‘Contentious Probate Handbook – Practice and Precedents’, 424 pages including a CD-ROM, priced £79.95, published by the Law Society 1 October 2016 (ISBN: 9781784460600). The photograph shows the book on display in the window of Wildy & Sons, on Fleet Street, in London.

Ordering Links:

Wildy & Sons Ltd (who deliver worldwide)


  • “The Advocate and the Expert in a Testamentary Capacity Claim”, the paper serialised in the monthly Newsletter of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS), of the talk I presented at their Annual Spring Seminar on 7 April 2016, at Charles Russell Speechlys in the City of London. HANDOUT. *
  • “The Advocate and the Expert in a Testamentary Capacity Claim”, Published in the Expert Witness Journal (Autumn 2015) LINK* (for the on-line version click this link).
  • “Tax-Efficient Wills Simplified 2014/2015”, (360 pages priced £14.99), is available to purchase in the UK from Waterstones and Amazon. Previous editions have sold in Australia (where the book is in the National Library of Australia –, Brazil, China, Europe, South Africa, the Russian Federation, and the USA, and for posting outside the UK a copy can be purchased from Wildy’s – the world’s legal bookshop [], in Lincoln’s Inn and on Fleet Street in London. The book is also available on Kindle for immediate download – click HERE.  To view the UK Number 1 bestseller ranking for the Kindle edition of the book (23.12.2014) please click HERE*.
    The paperback edition was ranked by Amazon as a UK bestseller at Number 5 in its genre (23.12.2014), and please click HERE* to view the ranking, and at Number 2 (22.12.2014), for most popular products ordered as gifts in the category of personal taxation, and to view the ranking please click HERE*.

Book Review published in the Winter 2013 edition of ‘Light Blue Law’, the Cambridge and District Law Society Newsletter. LINK.

The foreword has been written by Nigel Eastaway OBE, Tax Partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson, in the City of London who concludes,

‘I think anyone contemplating making a will, or advising their clients about testamentary planning, will find this book accurate, useful, and comprehensive, as a practical guide to inheritance tax planning involving the drafting of tax-efficient wills.’

The book has been fully updated to take account of the tax changes introduced by the bumper Finance Act 2013, and recent cases discussed include:


Chandler v Chandler (2011).

Execution of a Will (Formalities).

Singh & ors v Ahluwalia (2012).

Hastings-Bass Principle.

Futter and another v The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, and Pitt and another v The Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (2013) (Supreme Court).


HMRC v Pawson (2012).


Matthews v HMRC (2012).

Mental Capacity.

ABC v XZ (2012).

Hawes v Burgess (2013).

Schrader v Schrader (2013).

Professional Negligence.

Gabriel v Little & ors (2012).

Mehjoo v Harben Barker (A Firm) & anr (2013).


Day & anr v Day (2013).

Joshi & ors v Mahida (2013).

Undue influence.

Schrader v Schrader (2013).

Validity of a Will.

Paynter & anr v Hinch (2013).

  • “Tax-Efficient Wills Simplified 2012/2013” was launched at Waterstones on Friday 7th December 2012. On Christmas Eve Amazon (based on its own internet sales) ranked the book 8 in the top 100 of bestselling books in the category of money and finance guides. [LINK].

‘Primarily written for practitioners, this book will also help to demystify the [inheritance tax planning and will writing] process for lay readers. Packed with information and fully referenced to relevant current legislation and case history, the book will provide an invaluable reference for non-specialist financial advisors, lawyers, accountants, tax advisors, will-writers, private banks, trust companies, and family offices worldwide.’ (Publisher’s description).

To read the Foreword to this edition of the book written by Nigel Eastaway OBE, please click on this link*.

For photos, Amazon book ranking and live video from the Book Launch click HERE.

Buying links:     Waterstones        Amazon        Wildy’s

  • Tax-Efficient Wills Simplified 2011/2012”, published by Management Books 2000 Ltd (November 2011) (ISBN: 9781852526887), which is being sold by Amazon, Waterstones, and Wildy’s ( Also published as an e-book available from the e-portal at

Buying links:     Waterstones        Amazon        Barnes & Noble (USA)

Photos from November’s book launch – click the images to enlarge

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  • Tax-Efficient Wills Simplified 2010/2011published by Management Books 2000 Ltd (November 2010) (ISBN: 9781852526382), which is being sold by Amazon, Waterstones, and Wildy’s (

“Priced at just £14.99 the book is something of a bargain.  It is not a particularly heavy or bulky book and yet it manages to include within its pages all of the essential information about will drafting techniques and inheritance tax (save so far as non-UK domiciliaries are concerned) that the average practitioner in this field is likely to need.  If it were possible to distil the most essential elements of Williams on Wills and Tolley’s Inheritance Tax into a single 250 page volume for will draftsmen, Carl Islam’s “Tax-Efficient Wills Simplified” might well be the result.”

(Extract from the first review of the book written by Paul Davies of Lane-Smith & Shindler LLP for Trusts and Estates Law and Tax Journal).

Book Review and Ordering Links:    Leicestershire Law Society    Waterstones

  • Ranked as a bestseller by Amazon in the top 100 of personal finance books (16.04.2011).

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  • The concept of sham in relation to offshore trusts, how such a situation can arise and how best it can be avoided” published in the Journal of International Trust and Corporate Planning, Volume 14, Issue 3, 2007, by Jordans.  LINK
  • The legal and commercial consequences of performing unspecified design work in ship-conversion projects (April 1999). International Conference Paper published by the Royal Institute of Naval Architects in London. LINK*
  • Les effets de la directive communautaire sur la responsabilite du fait des produits sur l’introduction d’une instance au Royaume-Uni” (how to bring a product liability claim in England).Revue du Marche Commun. No325 mars 1989: 176-179, cited on the United Nations Biographic Information System.

“The article was very helpful for getting our heads round a law we didn’t know existed until last night, so your work was put to good use.” Dave McMullan, Senior Broadcast Journalist, The Today Programme, BBC Radio 4 (15 August 2012).

‘Assange in limbo’ published by Eurasia Review News and Analysis 17 August 2012 (

‘Inviolability, Ecuador and the Julian Assange case’ published by World News Australia 17 August 2012 (

‘Inviolability, Ecuador and the Julian Assange case’ published by CNET Australia 17 August 2012 (

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