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Answers to 13 Thorny Questions: Directly from 6 QCs, 1 Senior Junior and 1 Venerated Solicitor
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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."
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."
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.
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: Edward Boydell of Pump Court Chambers
Edward is "A top senior junior choice. A match for any Silk." His reputation, creativity and client care make him stand out from the crop." He sits as Recorder on the Midland Circuit.
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.
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.
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.
Which grey areas and unresolved arguments remain after Waggott, on future earning capacity as a matrimonial asset and treatment of bonuses?
Answered by: Gwyn Evans of Tanfield Chambers
Gwyn is immensely experienced, a great communicator and at the forefront of developments. He is published in Family Law and the Solicitors Journal and he is a "Family Law Commentator of the Year."
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All speaker quotes are taken from Chambers Directory, Who’s Who Legal or Legal 500