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Mr Michael Wood-Bodley

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Campus  Howard College
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Mr Michael Wood-Bodley


Mr Michael Wood-Bodley is a Senior Lecturer in the fields of Succession and Legal Studies, and formerly lectured Foundations of Law, Introduction to Law and Sale, at the School of Law. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree, a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, and Master of Laws (LLM) degree cum laude from the University of Natal. Wood-Bodley is an admitted Attorney and Conveyancer of the High Court, South Africa and was formerly a partner at Durban law firm, Goodrickes. His research interests include Succession, Trusts, Sectional Title and Share Block Schemes, and Gay and Lesbian issues in the law. He is a co-author with Juanita Jamneck et al of The Law of Succession in South Africa published by Oxford University Press.

Appointment Designation:
Senior Lecturer

Academic Qualifications:
BComm LLB LLM (cum laude) (Natal)

Professional Qualifications:
Admitted Attorney and Conveyancer of the High Court, South Africa

Research Interests:

  • Succession
  • Gay and Lesbian issues in law



Juanita Jamneck (Ed), Christa Rautenbach (Ed), Mahomed Paleker, Anton Van Der Linde, and Michael Wood-Bodley The Law of Succession in South Africa 2ed (2012).


  •  ‘Lost wills and s 2(3) of the Wills Act 7 of 1953’ (2015) 132 SALJ 734—747.
  • ‘The implied revocation of a will: Pienaar v Master of the Free State High Court, Bloemfontein’ (2014) 131 SALJ 509—521.
  • ‘Can s 2(3) of the Wills Act 7 of 1953 properly be applied to a mere instruction to draft a will?  Mabika v Mabika’ (2013) 130 SALJ 244—260.
  • ‘Suicide notes, wills, and testamentary capacity, and s 2(3) of the Wills Act 7 of 1953: Smith v Parsons NO; Henriques v Giles NO’ (2011) 128 SALJ 612—620.
  • ‘That “devilish little point” – the impact of s 6(1) of the Trust Property Control Act 1988 on the capacity of trustees to contract, sue, and be sued: Lupacchini v Minister of Safety and Security’ (2011) 128 SALJ 233—245.
  • ‘Proving unworthiness to inherit because of criminal conduct of a beneficiary: the rule in Hollington v Hewthorn’ (2010) 127 SALJ 605-608.
  • ‘Revival of a lost or destroyed will’ (2010) 127 SALJ 397—400.
  • ‘Life policies and marriages in community of property – who owns the proceeds of the policy on the insured’s death? Danielz NO v de Wet’ (2010) 127 SALJ 224–230.
  • ‘Forfeiture by a beneficiary who conspires to assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm: Danielz NO v de Wet [2008] 4 All SA 549 (C)’ (2010) 127 SALJ 30–37.
  • ‘Revival of wills – The Supreme Court of Appeal resolves long standing uncertainty: Wessels NO v Die Meester’ (2009) 126 SALJ 50—61.
  • ‘Same-sex couple discrimination in employment benefits: where to now?’ (2008) 125 SALJ 483—488.
  • ‘’Establishing the existence of a same-sex life partnership for the purposes of the Intestate Succession Act’ (2008) 125 SALJ 259—273.
  • ‘Intestate succession and gay and lesbian couples’ (2008) 125 SALJ 46—62.
  • ‘Freedom of testation and the Bill of Rights: Minister of Education v Syfrets Trust Ltd NO’ (2007) 124 SALJ 687—702.
  • ‘Revocation of a will by the presumed destruction of a copy: Sansole NO v Ncube’’ – (2006) 123 SALJ 3.
  • ‘Tertius Bosch’s final over — Van Wetten v Bosch’ (2005) 122 SALJ 52-58.
  • ‘Did you say “Asinine” Milord? – Bekker v Naude 2003 5 SA 173 (SCA)’ (2004) 25 Obiter 222-230.
  • ‘Wills, data messages, and the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002’ – (2004) 121 SALJ 526.
  • Macdonald v The Master: Computer files and the “rescue provision” of the Wills Act’ (2004) 121 SALJ 34-43.
  • ‘”House rules” in sectional title schemes – are they ultra vires?’ (2003) 120 SALJ 602.
  • ‘The transactions of unauthorised trustees: Section 6(1) of the Trust Property Control Act, 1988’ (2001) 118 SALJ 374.
  • ‘One small step for “Gay Liberation”’ (1998) 115 SALJ 424.
  • ‘The coup de grâce provision – judicial revocation of wills in terms of the Wills Act 1953’ (1998) 115 SALJ 202.
  • ‘More on sections 2(3) and 2A of the Wills Act 1953’ (1997) 114 SALJ 455.
  • ‘Exclusive use areas in sectional title schemes and problems relating to them’ 1997:TSAR 463.
  • ‘The ‘rescue provisions’ of the Wills Act, 1953 (As Amended)’ (1997) 114 SALJ 1
  • ‘An alternative view of sections 13 and 14 of the Share Blocks Control Act 1980’ 1997:1 De Jure 63.
  • ‘Abuse of the juristic personality of a close corporation’ (1995) 112 SALJ 9.

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