An Englishman abroad
Mark Jones explores the tricky issue of domicile of origin over domicile of choice in Morris v Davies
The recent decision of the High Court in the case of Morris v Davies  EWHC 1773 (Ch) emphasised the tenacious nature of a person's domicile of origin and the intensely fact-based approach to considering assertions of substitution of the same by an alternative domicile of choice.
The dispute arose from the administration of the estate of the late Owen Davies, who was born in England on 1 November 1963 and who died unexpectedly of a heart attack in Paris on the 26 November 2008, aged just 45. What happened thereafter informed much of the considerable antipathy in the case and the media interest at the time of the trial, where those close to the deceased agreed to and did conceal the fact of his death and his funeral from his family, with such a degree of success that for several months after both events they remained in complete ignorance.