Matrimonial Finance: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Advice for Your Clients

Thu 28 June 2018

The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR

Answers to 14 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 of the UK's Most In-Demand Barristers and Judges

5 hrs CPD

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  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chairman's Introduction

    Matrimonial Finance: Shaping new law into solution-focused advice for your clients

    Chaired by: Ros Bever of Irwin Mitchell

    Ros has "achieved monumental success," acting in high-profile disputes and complex money cases. She was shortlisted for the Jordan’s award of Family Law Partner of the Year.

  3. Maintenance

    Applying the lessons of recent cases, what can you achieve for your clients over the quantum and duration of maintenance orders?

    Answered by: Philip Cayford QC

    Philip is "one of the pre-eminent mat. finance silks." He acted in Mills v Mills over an order to continue the payment of lifetime maintenance. He is Editor of FLBA's newsletter, Family Affairs.

  4. Post-separation accrual

    Using real-life examples, how do you balance "endeavour" and "chance" when advising on post-separation accrual of income and capital (wealth,) e.g. bonuses, the increase in share value of companies, development work on a property etc.?

    Answered by: Michael Glaser QC

    Michael is "one of the stand-out barristers of his generation." "He knows the law inside out; the amount of knowledge at his fingertips is insane." "He always finds his way round a problem."

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Short Marriages

    In short marriages, what are the new arguments that you can use over the sharing and ring-fencing of assets?

    Answered by: Francesca Fothergill of St Philips Chambers

    Francesca is renowned nationally for her expertise in cases relating to inherited wealth. She is a "first-choice lawyer" who is "excellent at grasping the intricacies of cases."

  7. Reasonable needs

    What are the golden rules of how to challenge a spouse's monthly budget on the grounds of reasonable need?

    What evidence do you require?

    What will sway the court?

    How do you gain an edge?

    Answered by: Christopher Hames QC

    Christopher is "brilliant - a joy to work with - and a problem solver." He is author of two chapters of Rayden & Jackson on Relationship Breakdown and brings many complex cases to the table.

  8. Over-run

  9. Lunch

  10. Difficult finances

    Drawing on live cases, how do you protect a client faced with a spouse in difficult financial circumstances, e.g. pending bankruptcy or IVA or mortgaged to the hilt with money lost on failed ventures?

    Answered by: Valentine Le Grice QC

    Valentine "has phenomenal judgement and an unerring instinct for what the courts might do." He has been in many of the biggest and most high-profile mat. finance cases.

  11. Enforcement

    If one spouse is being obstructive, what are your legal and practical options when trying to enforce an order for the sale of the family home (or enforce generally)?

    What lengths do you go to?

    Answered by: Aidan Vine QC

    Aidan is "a real star for mat finance." "His advice is razor sharp and practical." "He seems to know everything." He is an editor of Butterworths Family Law Service.

  12. Arbitration

    What are the practical and legal implications of arbitration in family cases?

    Where are the red lines?

    What will sway your case?

    Answered by: Nicholas Allen QC

    Nicholas is “an absolute star of the Family Bar" - "superb" - "his grasp of the law is phenomenal." He acts as a family arbitrator and was involved in the Sharland v Sharland litigation.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference