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

  • Tuesday, 11th June 2019
  • The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR
  • 5 hrs CPD

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Answers to 13 Thorny Questions: Directly from 6 QCs, 1 Senior Junior and 1 Venerated Solicitor

  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chair's Introduction

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

    Chaired by: Maggie Rae of Newton Kearns

    Maggie has a brilliant ability in matrimonial finance cases and has unparalleled practical knowledge. "She has seen it all and done it all, and just pulls up her sleeves and gets on with it."

  3. Ring-fencing

    What are the golden rules of how to ring-fence private company assets when the "heavy lifting" in building it up predated the marriage?

    Answered by: Philip Cayford QC

    Philip is "one of the pre-eminent matrimonial finance silks." "Incredibly wise; a fabulous performer in court." He acted for the son of the divorcing Norwegian parents who had launched Viking Cruises.

  4. Unmarried couples and Schedule 1

    How far can you push the court in Schedule 1 applications?

    Which factors will make all the difference?

    Answered by: James Roberts QC

    James is "a go-to option for financial cases." "He is very good at reading the judges, and knows the points which are going to win them over." He sits as a part time Judge and is Treasurer of the FLBA.

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Nuptial agreements

    What is the interaction of valid prenup and postnup agreements with s.25(2) MCA 1973?

    What are the drafting pitfalls?

    What about cohabitation agreements?

    Answered by: Nick Allen QC

    Nick is "a star for financial disputes." "His advice is razor sharp and practical." "He seems to know everything." He acted for the wife of footballer Ryan Giggs in their high-profile divorce.

  7. Pre-acquired pensions

    Drawing on live cases, what counts and what will sway a court when splitting a pre-acquired pension: e.g. (1) length of relationship, (2) needs, (3) conduct etc?

    Answered by: Leslie Samuels QC

    Leslie is a leading light, incredibly astute and acclaimed for his skill in cases involving company accounts and expert valuation evidence. He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.

  8. Overrun

  9. Lunch

  10. Inheritance

    What is the secret to arguing that inheritance prospects are relevant for a financial settlement?

    What can you convince a court to take into account?

    Answered by: Frank Feehan QC

    Frank is a "High Court performer of the first water." Creative and a master strategist, he "always finds interesting angles of arguments and causes problems for the other side."

  11. Maintenance

    Which way is the wind blowing for the quantum and duration of maintenance orders, including lifetime maintenance?

    What can you realistically secure for your clients?

    Answered by: Rosemary Budden of QEB

    Rosemary is "a rising star of the family bar," "phenomenal when dealing with challenging clients;” "a pleasure to work with." She is joint editor of "Durable Solutions" with Sir Mathew Thorpe.

  12. ​Future earnings

    Which grey areas and unresolved arguments remain after Waggott, on future earning capacity as a matrimonial asset and treatment of bonuses?

    Answered by: Nicholas Yates QC

    Nicholas is "one of the best legal minds at the family Bar." “Exceptionally persuasive,” “astonishingly good,” "incredible on his feet.” He is a regular and highly sought-after commentator.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference

All speaker quotes are taken from Chambers Directory, Who’s Who Legal or Legal 500

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