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

Tue 4 June 2019

The Lowry Hotel 50 Dearmans Pl Manchester M3 5LH

Answers to 13 Thorny Questions: Directly from 7 QCs, Senior Juniors and Solicitors of Outstanding Ability

5 hrs CPD

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Schedule

  1. Registration and coffee

  2. ​Chair'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. 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: 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. ​Unmarried couples and schedule 1

    When will the court defer the sale of the home or make a capital award under schedule 1 of the children act?

    What are the contributing factors?

    Answered by: Susan Grocott QC of Deans Court Chambers

    Susan is "a fabulous advocate and leader for finance matters." "She rapidly distils complex information to the essential arguments." She sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.

  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?

    Answered by: Roger Bickerdike of Zenith Chambers

    Roger is "particularly adept at handling complicated financial remedy proceedings." He's down-to-earth, easy to work with and commands respect through the exceptional quality of his work.

  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: Abigail Bennett of JMW Solicitors

    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."

  8. Overrun

  9. Lunch

  10. ​Inheritance

    What are the secrets to arguing that inheritance is relevant for a financial settlement (a) during the marriage and (b) post-separation?

    What can you convince a court to take into account?

    Answered by: Frank Feehan QC of 1KBW

    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: Helen Marriott of Brabners

    Helen continues to impress with her stellar mat. finance practice. "She adopts a very balanced approach to all matters and has a wonderful ability to cut to the chase."

  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: Judith Fordham of Exchange Chambers

    Judith "is very senior, experienced and hugely capable." She specialises in matrimonial finance, dealing with cases of high value and with complex assets. She sits as a Deputy District Judge.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference