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Answers to 11 Thorny Questions: Directly from 7 QCs of Outstanding Ability
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Matrimonial Finance: Shaping new law into solution-focused advice for your clients
Chaired by: Alexis Campbell QC
Alexis is "staggeringly good, not only at grasping detail and commercial practicalities of a case, but also in presenting them." "She gives you answers rather than opinions."
How do you treat deferred lump sums and the probable future sale of a private company that is clearly a family asset, particularly when both spouses are employed by it and rely on it for income?
Answered by: Sally Harrison QC
Sally is an "absolute superstar." She is "one of a select few of the best mat finance QCs in the country." "Her submissions in the Supreme Court leave others standing."
Drawing on live cases, how far can you push the Court when arguing for the variation of a maintenance order, e.g. if the paying party is retiring or the receiving party inherits or is cohabiting?
Answered by: Nicholas Allen QC
Nicholas 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.
Despite the hullabaloo over Potanin v Potanina, what remedies are available to a financially weaker spouse following an overseas divorce which provided inadequate financial provision?
Answered by: Catherine Cowton QC
Catherine "is frighteningly clever, cuts through jargon, puff and smoke and mirrors, and secures sensational results." She appeared in Z v Z, the CA Part III MFPA case before Potanin.
If a business is brought into the marriage and built upon, when will “special circumstances" or "economic disadvantage" arguments be successful in securing a share for the non-owning party?
Answered by: James Ewins QC
James is "a first-choice silk for money work - he doesn't take bad points." He represented Prince Louis of Luxembourg in an application over assets belonging to the royal family.
Loans and gifts
When the Bank of Mum and Dad is involved, how do you protect a loan which is masquerading as a gift, for the purposes of securing a mortgage?
When should 3rd parties become interveners?
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.
What is realistic and achievable over inherited assets, what happened to them during the marriage, the likelihood of future receipt and the position if one spouse mingled an inheritance but the other didn't?
Answered by: Deborah Dinan-Hayward
Deborah is “fantastic lawyer for deeply complex financial remedy cases”. "She radiates energy, is a joy to work with and always finds her way around a problem."
Going beyond the PAG's July 2019 report, where are we now with pensions?
How do you turn the scale in your client's favour?
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.
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