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

Wed 16 May 2018

The Hilton Deansgate 303 Deansgate Manchester M3 4LQ

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

5 hrs CPD

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  1. Registration and coffee

  2. 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: Andrew Newbury of Hall Brown

    Andrew is "the man to go to in town – he is the future of matrimonial finances." He writes leading columns for The Law Society Gazette, Resolution Review and Family Law.

  4. Short marriages

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

    Is prior cohabitation a factor?

    Does the housing of minor children trump all?

    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."

  5. Morning coffee

  6. 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)?

    To what lengths do you go?

    Answered by: Archna Dawar of Dean's Court Chambers

    Archna is acclaimed for her financial remedy work. "Her ability to get to the crux of the matter is second-to-none." "She is an absolute delight to work with."

  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: Samantha Hillas of St Johns Buildings

    Samantha is "meticulous, efficient" and has a “fabulous reputation” for her matrimonial finance practice. She acted for Mrs Gohil in the landmark Supreme Court case.

  8. Over-run

  9. Lunch

  10. 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: Katie McCann of Irwin Mitchell

    Katie is one of the best-known names for mat. finance. "She is a lateral thinker, who always finds her way around a problem." She brings a huge number of cases to the table.

  11. 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: Abigail Bennett of St Johns Buildings

    Abigail is a Deputy District Judge; she frequently sits in the most complicated money cases. "She is totally in command, knows everything and instils real confidence."

  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: Emma Collins of Weightmans

    Emma is "first class for money work." She is a contributor to "Resolution Family Law Handbook" and "Kelly's Draftsman" and a member of the Resolution Cohabitation Committee.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference