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09 Apr 2021

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Attacking and Defending

  • Stress Testing Existing Structures 
  • Divorce Proofing a New Structure
  • Different modes of Attack

International Aspects

  • Biggest Divorce Cases Outside of the UK 
  • Overseas Divorce
  • International Overview 

Practical Aspects

  • Trustees, Beneficiaries and Other Fiduciaries   
  • What About the Creditors?
  • Matrimonial Property Regimes

Hear from 20+ Experts including:

Michael Gouriet
Partner
Withers

Michael is a partner in the divorce and family team.

Michael advises on all aspects of family law (including prenuptial agreements) with particular emphasis on the resolution of financial issues for wealthy individuals, whether married or unmarried and often with international interests. Michael has acted in numerous divorce cases involving trusts and businesses. Michael also has extensive experience of children law matters, including international relocation.

Michael’s breadth of work involves close liaison with many other specialist practice areas at Withers including the contentious trusts and estates team and the wealth planning teams in London, US, Switzerland and Asia.

Clients include city professionals, entrepreneurs and business people, owners of landed estates, sports and music stars, politicians, and their spouses/partners.

Michael is a certified family law arbitrator, and a trained collaborative lawyer. He has been a member of Resolution’s Cohabitation Committee since its inception in 1995.

Michael has for several years been listed as a leading family lawyer in the legal directories (including Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Spears, and Citywealth) in which he has variously been described in recent years as ‘a real class act’; ‘measured, sensible and knows his law’; ‘highly intelligent, very efficient and a pleasure to deal with - a really strong practitioner’; ‘is just excellent and often sought after by high net worth individuals’; and a ‘first-class lawyer’.


Michael Gouriet
Michael Gouriet Partner
Withers
Sarah Higgins
Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys

Sarah handles all areas of family law with particular focus on financial applications, children, cohabitation and marital agreements. Sarah advises those involved in disputes concerning their financial arrangements following relationship breakdown, whether as spouses/cohabitants or third parties such as trustees. Many clients are international or have assets abroad. Sarah is experienced in advising civil partners. Children issues include acting for parents or other family members.

Sarah is experienced in dealing with cases with substantial and complex assets in various jurisdictions in particular where there are trusts, and where there are issues of non disclosure and disputed valuations. She drafts and advises on both marital and civil partnership agreements. Her children work includes acting in cases where one parent wishes to relocate to a different country with a child. Sarah is experienced in dealing with matters where there are allegations of drug or alcohol abuse. She is a trained mediator and a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

Sarah is admitted to practise in England and Wales.


Sarah Higgins
Sarah Higgins Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys
Richard Wilson QC
Barrister
Serle Court

Richard Wilson QC has a practice encompassing litigation, drafting and advisory work across a wide range of traditional and commercial chancery, with a strong emphasis on trusts and probate (both contentious and non-contentious), related company and partnership law, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, tax, professional negligence and civil fraud.


Richard Wilson QC
Richard Wilson QC Barrister
Serle Court
Clare Usher-Wilson
Deputy Managing Director
Summit Trust International

Clare is a graduate of History and Politics (BA Hons) at Royal Holloway College, University of London. She began her trust career in Guernsey in 1998 and then moved to Liechtenstein, before settling in Geneva in 2004. Clare has a wide range of experience in trust and company management, including private trust companies, charitable trusts and employee benefits trusts, within which a wide range of assets are managed, including fine art and automobile collections, private equity and commercial and residential property. Clare manages an administration team that is focused on larger, more complex structures where a family office or private investment office is involved. In May 2006, Clare was awarded the Society of Trust and Estate Practictioners (STEP) Suisse-Romand prize for excellence in the Foundation Certificate. Clare is on the executive committee for the STEP Suisse-Romande Association.


Clare Usher-Wilson
Clare Usher-Wilson Deputy Managing Director
Summit Trust International
Jessica Henson
Partner
Payne Hicks Beach

Jessica is a private client partner specialising in risk and disputes in relation to trusts and estates.

Jessica has accrued extensive trust litigation experience both in England and offshore. Her cases have included both seeking and defending the removal of trustees, protectors and executors; rectification and variation of trusts; setting aside and defending trusts on the basis of sham allegations; challenging trustees’ decisions and advising trustees on making decisions in contentious circumstances; challenging trustees’ fees; claims for breach of fiduciary duty; and associated professional negligence proceedings against tax and legal advisors. 

Equally, Jessica frequently advises on probate and estate disputes, including invalidity claims, capacity and construction issues, as well as claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.

Jessica has also built up particular expertise in advising trustees and beneficiaries on issues of trust law in the context of divorce proceedings – both in relation to proceedings in the Family Division and in the corresponding offshore trust jurisdictions. 


Jessica Henson
Jessica Henson Partner
Payne Hicks Beach
Paul Hodgson
Deputy Group Head of Trust
Butterfield

Paul is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the fiduciary industry. 

He is skilled in Fiduciary Services, Wealth Structuring, Private Wealth Management and Conference Speaking. 

Paul is a strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Commerce focused in Economics from The University of Queensland.


Paul Hodgson
Paul Hodgson Deputy Group Head of Trust
Butterfield
Jane Keir
Partner
Kingsley Napley

Jane Keir is a partner in the family and divorce team. Described as a "class act" by her peers and colleagues alike, she is  "absolutely dedicated to getting the job done for her clients many of whom are high profile or international".

Jane acts for equal numbers of men and women and many of her clients come from across the country and abroad, as well as London.  Much of her work involves an international element and she enjoys working with other lawyers, accountants, actuaries, financial advisers, wealth managers and investigators in order to provide a thorough and comprehensive service to her clients. In addition, she has immediate recourse to all the other leading teams at Kingsley Napley LLP, including Private Client, Immigration and Real Estate.


Jane Keir
Jane Keir Partner
Kingsley Napley
Charlie Tee
Partner
Withers

Charlie is a partner in the private client and tax team.

He focuses on UK and international tax and trust issues for both UK domiciled and non-domiciled individuals, as well as advising on wills and succession planning. Charlie was listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 dealmakers list for 2018.

He advises a number of family offices and international families as to their ongoing affairs and international trust structures, including private trust company structures.

He also works closely with a number of business families advising on existing structures set up for the management and governance of the family business, its interaction with family trusts and associated estate planning measures.

Charlie advises charities and private clients on tax issues in probate and trust disputes and assists with trust issues involved in international trust litigation.

Charlie assisted Sir Gerry Robinson as the Wills Advisor on the six-part BBC series, ‘Can’t take it with you’, which ran from January to March 2011.


Charlie Tee
Charlie Tee Partner
Withers
Sarah Hutchinson
Partner
Farrer & Co

Sarah has extensive experience advising on all aspects of family law, in particular complex financial issues further to divorce or separation, disputes relating to children, and pre and post nuptial agreements. She gives pragmatic advice, acting with sensitivity and discretion. She is recognised as much for her incisive strategic thinking as well as her empathetic approach. 

Sarah acts for a wide range of clients including professionals, entrepreneurs, financiers, land owners, homemakers, parents and grandparents. Her matters range from the purely domestic to international cases involving multiple jurisdictions.


Sarah Hutchinson
Sarah Hutchinson Partner
Farrer & Co
Sally Edwards
Partner
Ogier (Jersey)

Sally is Head of Private Wealth in Jersey and advises a wide range of professional trustees, settlors and beneficiaries on all issues concerning trusts, with particular emphasis on drafting trust deeds, advising on and drafting the documentation to restructure trusts, advising on high net worth complex structures and rectifying and mitigating breaches of trust.


Sally Edwards
Sally Edwards Partner
Ogier (Jersey)
Emma Ruane
Of Counsel
Peters & Peters

Emma has extensive expertise in civil fraud litigation, in particular obtaining and defending worldwide freezing injunctions. As a result of her work on behalf of the Department of Health, Emma has experience in litigating private damages actions in competition cases alleging abuse of dominant position and entry into anti-competitive arrangements. In the competition litigation practice area, Legal 500 described Emma as “very sharp”.

Emma’s work often involves cross-border or international elements: amongst other things Emma was part of the team that defended the former CEO of what was Nigeria’s fourth largest bank, conducting 2 weeks of the trial of the claim in Lagos. Emma has also assisted in the taking of evidence from witnesses in Nigeria, made representations on behalf of clients at the United Nations In New York and drafted evidence in support of an anti-suit injunction seeking to prevent the continuation of a claim filed in Israel.


Emma Ruane
Emma Ruane Of Counsel
Peters & Peters
Tamasin Perkins
Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys

Tamasin advises high-net worth individuals, trustees and fiduciaries on complex international trust disputes including sham, breach of trust claims, mistake and claims involving protectors. She also advises trustees on administration actions such as applications for directions.

She advises on multi-jurisdictional injunctions and claims for the recovery of assets arising out of such disputes. Her practice also includes domestic and international succession disputes including challenges based on capacity, fraud, undue influence or forgery, proprietary estoppel disputes and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Tamasin routinely advises on professional negligence claims arising out of trust and succession disputes and tax advice. She also acts on many contentious matters for charities and in complex contentious Court of Protection matters.


Tamasin Perkins
Tamasin Perkins Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys
Claire Blakemore
Partner
Withers

Claire is a partner in the divorce and family team.

She brings commitment, energy, strong technical expertise and sound judgement to all her work, spanning the full range of family law issues. Claire goes the extra mile for her clients with whom she has solid relationships.

Whether working with domestic or international clients, she deals with complex financial claims, children issues, pre and postnuptial agreements and cohabitant disputes and has extensive experience advising on cases involving trusts.

Her clients are in commerce, finance and tech, professionals, families with inherited wealth and those in the public eye. Whilst being highly experienced in difficult litigation she also has a busy dispute-resolution practice as a collaborative lawyer and mediator.

She has acted for (and for the spouses of) trustees, doctors, lawyers, hedge fund managers, members of aristocracy and people in the public eye. With clients involved in anything from sports and retail to pharmaceuticals and technology, Claire is well versed in dealing with clients holding senior positions in many different sectors.


Claire Blakemore
Claire Blakemore Partner
Withers
Hanh Nguyen
Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys

Hanh is a dual-qualified lawyer (Australia/England & Wales) and advises on both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. She advises insolvency practitioners and other corporate and individual clients in all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency law providing advisory, transactional and contentious advice.

On the non-contentious side, Hanh regularly advises office holders on the sale of the insolvent company’s business and assets as well as also advising buyers of distressed businesses. On the contentious side, she has significant experience dealing with contentious matters including antecedent recovery actions in both personal and corporate insolvencies.

Hanh is admitted to practise in England and Wales and in New South Wales (Australia).


Hanh Nguyen
Hanh Nguyen Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys
Tim Amos QC
Barrister
QEB

Tim is a mediator and barrister in international family law and Head of Chambers at Queen Elizabeth Building (“QEB”).  He has practised at QEB as a barrister since 1988 and as QC since 2008. His practice spans all aspects of family law (including pre-nups and nuptial trusts) but he is predominantly known as an expert in “big money” family finance, married or unmarried, and alive or dead (including claims under the Inheritance Act). Tim is ranked in Band One of The Legal 500 and of Chambers UK Bar Directory for Matrimonial Finance.


Tim Amos QC
Tim Amos QC Barrister
QEB
Steven Kempster
Partner
Withers

He specialises in the resolution of disputes relating to the formation or administration of trusts and estates in a UK and international context. Recent cases have included disputes relating to trusts and estates in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Switzerland, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cayman Islands and Bermuda. He also advises on charity law matters, including dispute resolution where UK charities are involved.

Steven has been described by Chambers Global as a ‘leading figure’ and ‘esteemed litigator’. He is named as a Leading Lawyer in the Contentious Trusts category of Citywealth’s Annual Guide to the Most Highly Regarded Figures in Private Wealth Management. Steven is also listed as a leading practitioner in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Trust and Estates Practitioners. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 Steven was nominated in Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite of international advisers. In 2011, Steven was included in The Lawyer magazine’s annual ‘Hot 100’ list of lawyers who have consistently demonstrated nimbleness and innovation over the last 12 months.


Steven Kempster
Steven Kempster Partner
Withers
Rachel Freeman
Partner
Kingsley Napley

Rachel is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s family and divorce team. She specialises in dealing with financial settlements and the arrangements for children arising upon the breakdown of a relationship.

Rachel’s areas of practice include all aspects of private family work, with particular expertise in complex financial proceedings, often with international aspects and for high net worth individuals, and arrangements for children. 


Rachel Freeman
Rachel Freeman Partner
Kingsley Napley
Richard Joynt
Director & Head of Family Office
Highvern

Richard is a Director of Highvern and Head of Family Office. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997 and holds an MBA from Warwick University. As well as having expertise in financial accounting and strategic financial planning, Richard has devoted the last 20 years of his career to the Family Office sector. He was the Director of a prominent Single Family Office from 2002-2012 and led the Multi-Family Office division of a prominent international fiduciary services firm from 2013 to 2021, dealing with Ultra High Net Worth individuals and their families from many jurisdictions including Europe, the US, the UAE and Russia. He has specific expertise in private equity, luxury assets, cryptocurrencies and philanthropy. At Highvern, Richard is responsible for managing some of the more complex client relationships, often with innovative structures. He is frequently asked to write articles for leading publications and regularly speaks at international conferences on specific issues relating to Family Offices.

 


Richard Joynt
Richard Joynt Director & Head of Family Office
Highvern
Hannah Davie
Director
Grant Thornton

I am an insolvency practitioner with 12 years’ experience of dealing with complex, contentious assignments; with an emphasis on fraud investigation, identification of assets, tracing exercises, enforcement of judgments and recovery of assets for those who have suffered financial loss or have a claim against another party.

I focus on assisting beneficiaries, trustees and representatives in matrimonial, family, trust and probate disputes. I work to find strategies that ensure the most appropriate action is taken in order to achieve maximum recovery. I use the Insolvency Act, along with other civil legislation, such as the use of liquidations, bankruptcies and court appointed receiverships, as a tool to assist with investigation, asset tracing and recovery processes.


Hannah Davie
Hannah Davie Director
Grant Thornton
Marcus Dearle
Partner
Miles Preston & Co

Marcus advises clients on all aspects of family law. He is Chair of the International Bar Association, Family Law Committee and a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

He uniquely advises on Hong Kong, as well as English law, from London. He acted for the successful American husband (JEK) residing in New Jersey USA (instructing Deepak Nagpal QC) in the Hong Kong High Court classic forum-shopping case of LCYP v JEK [2019] HKCFI 1588.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 reported that Marcus’ “family asset protection team has quickly become recognised in the market for its prowess at handling complex, high-profile matrimonial cases for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients. Recognised as 'one of the pre-eminent practitioners of family law in Hong Kong', Marcus Dearle leads the team by example and has a 'unique expertise in the really big cases, which stems from his having worked in London for many years doing such cases’, including in relation to a recent precedent-setting pre-nuptial matter. ‘When it comes to international trusts and family law cases, Marcus Dearle is in a class of his own. He regularly represents not only spouses in divorce and trust cases, but also offshore trustees’.”


Marcus Dearle
Marcus Dearle Partner
Miles Preston & Co
Melania Constable
Senior Associate
Charles Russell Speechlys

Melania has significant experience in both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. On the non-contentious side, she regularly advises office holders and directors on the sale and acquisition of insolvent businesses (including pre-packaged administrations and liquidations). She advises office holders in relation to issues arising during their appointment and in relation to the conduct of estates. She also provides advice to office holders, directors, lenders and/or other stakeholders regarding the implementation (and implications) of all formal and informal insolvency schemes such as administrations, voluntary arrangements, liquidations, receiverships and bankruptcy.
 


Melania Constable
Melania Constable Senior Associate
Charles Russell Speechlys
Richard Dew
Barrister
Ten Old Square

Richard Dew’s practice is focussed on Wills, Estates and Trusts and related professional negligence. His practice is predominantly litigation, and he is frequently involved in large and complex claims. He also advises and represents in Court of Protection matters and provides expert advice in respect of tax and tax planning (principally capital taxation).

He is the Chair of the STEP Contentious Trusts and Estates SIG and an elected member of the Chancery Bar Association Committee. He is a member of STEP and ACTAPS. He was ACTAPS Contentious Barrister of the Year for 2016.

Richard is an editor of Rossdale’s Administration of Estates and Parker’s Modern Will Precedents and regularly writes and lectures on chancery and private client matters.

Richard has been shortlisted by Chambers UK for the (Chancery) ‘Junior of the Year’ award.


Richard Dew
Richard Dew Barrister
Ten Old Square
Natasha Stourton
Partner
Withers

   

Natasha is a partner in our trust, estate and inheritance disputes team.

She advises on a wide range of trust and succession disputes both onshore and offshore, including trustee/beneficiary disputes, contested probate and 1975 Act claims, and professional negligence in the context of estate planning and trust administration.

She also advises on Court of Protection matters, including statutory wills, lifetime gifts, contested registrations and Powers of Attorney.

Natasha Stourton "is clearly heading for great things; she has a real presence and is very well liked," says one source, while another notes: "She’s very bright and able - a future star", by Chambers HNW 2020. She is also recommended as a ‘Rising Star’ by Legal 500 2020.

She is described as ‘an outstanding lawyer’, ‘unflappable and has good technical knowledge’.

‘She is approachable, she makes time for clients and she has a really sensible head on her shoulders’.

Natasha has contributed to the past two editions of The Law Society’s Probate Practitioner’s Handbook and the most recent edition of Jordan’s International Trust and Divorce Litigatio


Natasha Stourton
Natasha Stourton Partner
Withers
Nicholas Bennett
Partner
Payne Hicks Beach

Nicholas Bennett
Nicholas Bennett Partner
Payne Hicks Beach
Isabelle Rein-Lescatereyres
Partner
BWG

Isabelle has been a partner at bwg since 2005.

She is bilingual and has many years of experience in complex international situations, in particular with neighbouring French-speaking and English-speaking countries.

She favours “a realistic and constructive approach in order to maximise chances for a rapid conflict resolution”.

With her HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) training, Isabelle advises individuals, families and trusts and represents them in all aspects of divorce and family law, particularly in dealing with complex patrimonial and financial issues.

In particular, she assists French expatriates and foreigners residing in France on family and patrimonial issues relating to their international mobility.

Isabelle works closely with a network of foreign lawyers who are among the most reputable thanks to her involvement in international organisations.


Isabelle Rein-Lescatereyres
Isabelle Rein-Lescatereyres Partner
BWG

Agenda

Session 1
Understanding the Impact on Trustees, Beneficiaries and Other Fiduciaries
Speakers:
Richard Joynt - Director & Head of Family Office - Highvern
Clare Usher-Wilson - Deputy Managing Director - Summit Trust International
Paul Hodgson - Deputy Group Head of Trust - Butterfield
Jessica Henson - Partner - Payne Hicks Beach
Session 2
How the Spouse Might Attack a Structure: Stress Testing Existing Structures for Divorce
  • Hope for the best
  • Plan for the worst
  • Access to information
  • Include or exclude - that is the question?
  • Is no trust the better option?
Speakers:
Sarah Higgins - Partner - Charles Russell Speechlys
Sarah Hutchinson - Partner - Farrer & Co
Session 3
Surviving an Attack: Divorce Proofing a New Structure
  • Structures to deploy for the purchase and protection of UK real estate
  • Divorce Protection Planning in relation to Trusts
Speakers:
Michael Gouriet - Partner - Withers
Charlie Tee - Partner - Withers
Natasha Stourton - Partner - Withers
Session 4
Understanding Different Ways that Trusts and Individuals could come Under Attack
Speakers:
Sally Edwards - Partner - Ogier (Jersey)
Emma Ruane - Of Counsel - Peters & Peters
Richard Wilson QC - Barrister - Serle Court
Tamasin Perkins - Partner - Charles Russell Speechlys
Session 5
Matrimonial Property Regimes: An Analysis of Different Jurisdictions

This presentation will analyse various matrimonial property regimes applied in Europe and

around the world and identify the issues that may arise there from in connection with international marriages. This session will in particular cover the following aspects:

  • An analysis of different matrimonial property regimes
  • What are the potential issues for international couples?
  • Do conflict laws and/or international treaties offer a solution?
  • International developments
Speakers:
Tim Amos QC - Barrister - QEB
Rachel Freeman - Partner - Kingsley Napley
Nicholas Bennett - Partner - Payne Hicks Beach
Isabelle Rein-Lescatereyres - Partner - BWG
Session 6
Practical Impact of the Leading Divorce Cases Outside of the UK on Wealth Planning

Analysis of LCYP v JEK [2019] HKCFI 1588 - the leading prenuptial and postnuptial agreement case in Hong Kong, covering:

  • Attacks on US discretionary trusts in the case
  • Unusual difficulties dealing with an application to set aside pursuant to s17 Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Ordinance, Cap 192 (equivalent to s37 Matrimonial Causes Act 1973)
  • LCYP v JEK (Children: Habitual Residence) [2015] 4 HKLRD 798 – Hong Kong Court of Appeal decision cited by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Monasky v Taglieri in the US Supreme Court in February 2020
Speakers:
Marcus Dearle - Partner - Miles Preston & Co
Session 7
What About the Creditors?
Speakers:
Hannah Davie - Director - Grant Thornton
Hanh Nguyen - Partner - Charles Russell Speechlys
Melania Constable - Senior Associate - Charles Russell Speechlys
Session 8
International Overview of Key Issues and Developments for Private Client Advisors
  • Pre-nups
  • Inherited wealth
  • Marriage contracts
  • Varying structures
  • Sham and resulting trusts
Speakers:
Claire Blakemore - Partner - Withers
Steven Kempster - Partner - Withers
Richard Dew - Barrister - Ten Old Square

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