Academic Complaints Handling - Alison Wells, Birmingham City University (Student Complaints and Appeals, London, 28.04.16) Is there a financial case for using conciliators, conflict coaches and mediators when many - if not most - complaints are academic, ie from students who have failed, plagiarised, underperformed etc?
Spousal Maintenance - Philip Cayford QC, 29 Bedford Row (Matrimonial Finance, London, 08.03.16) How do you determine when maintenance is likely to be ordered, the amount and duration - for both spousal maintenance and child maintenance? What arguments can you deploy for variations and discharge?
Schedule 1 - Gareth Schofield, Clarke Willmott (Matrimonial Finance, London, 08.03.16) When your client is co-habiting and children are involved, what is the value of issuing a Schedule 1 application to run concurrently with a claim under TOLATA?
Revisiting Agreements - Richard Anelay QC , 1 King's Bench Walk (Matrimonial Finance, London, 08.03.16) Practically, if you can prove dishonesty or material non-disclosure, how do you go about reopening the agreements reached during divorce proceedings? Do you appeal, make a fresh application or use another route (and if so which)?
Post-Separation Accrual - Susan Jacklin QC, 1 Garden Court (Matrimonial Finance, London, 08.03.16) When is a client able to benefit from a post-separation accrual of wealth, e.g. bonuses, the increase in share value of companies, development work on a property etc?
Non-Disclosure and Dishonesty - Sally Harrison QC, St Johns Building (Matrimonial Finance, London, 08.03.16) How do you prove material non-disclosure and/or dishonesty - bearing in mind the restrictions placed on you when handling documents belonging to the other party? Is there a conflict between Sharland and Gohil and Immerman?
Needs and Fairness - Leslie Samuels QC, Pump Court Chambers (Matrimonial Finance, London, 08.03.16) How is the court assessing "needs" and "fairness" in the context of marital breakup? When will it depart from the equality principle? Is "stellar contribution" now outmoded and unarguable?
Difficult Enforcements - Charles Hale QC, 4 Paper Buildings (Matrimonial Finance, London, 08.03.16) How do you protect a client who is faced with a spouse who is (1) not employed by a UK company; 2) intending to take citizenship of his/her current partner's home country; or 3) intending to walk away and allow the FMH to be repossessed by the lender? What can the court order and what is the method and mechanism of enforcement - especially if the client has little income and capital?
Trustees Discretion (notes) - David Pollard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Pensions Law, London, 08.03.16) Should trustees act to "maximise" benefits or pay the "correct" benefits when exercising their powers of discretion - for instance when setting scheme factors or determining an inflation index to use to increase benefits?
VAT Recovery - Steven Hull, Eversheds (Pensions Law, London, 08.03.16) How can you maximise VAT recovery on pension fund management costs - taking into account HMRC's revised approach on pension schemes and VAT (with reference to the PPG case)?