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1 Day Conference

HNW Divorce Litigation - NEW DATE

24 Nov 2021

Location: Merchant Taylors Hall, London
Members: £299 + VAT - Book by 27 Aug
Non Members: £499 + VAT - Book by 27 Aug

HNW Divorce Litigation - NEW DATE

Highlights

International landscape for co-operation & enforcement of awards in a Boris Brexit Land

  • Boris Land: European Family Law Co-operation Post Brexit
  • A Game of Hide and Seek: Enforcing a Divorce Award

Examining the Pros & Cons of the use of the Media in an HNW Divorce

  • Is there ever a pro?
  • Insight from the other side of the fence

Cross-Border wealth planning tips and traps

  • Attacking and Defending Trusts in Divorce: Is the Family Court Position on Trusts Correct?
  • Wealth Planning to Safeguard against Divorce

Delve into the mind of a client in an HNW Divorce

  • Client Perspective Roundtable
  • When Children Impact on an HNW Divorce
  • Psychology of Lying

Your expert speakers include:

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
Jonathan Hilliard QC
Barrister
Wilberforce Chambers

Session:   Co-Chair of the Day


Jonathan Hilliard QC
Jonathan Hilliard QC Barrister
Wilberforce Chambers
The Rt Hon Sir Matthew Thorpe
Formerly Lord Justice of Appeal
UK Court of Appeal

Session: 9.40am  Boris Land: European Family Law Co-operation Post Brexit


The Rt Hon Sir Matthew Thorpe
The Rt Hon Sir Matthew Thorpe Formerly Lord Justice of Appeal
UK Court of Appeal
Dawn Goodman
Partner
Withers

Dawn is a partner in the trust, estate and inheritance disputes team.

Having a wealth of experience of litigation in most offshore jurisdictions, as well as in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Dawn advises all parties who may be involved in a dispute arising out of lifetime estate planning or on death, whether about trusts, foundations, professional negligence, fraud or succession. Previously a divorce lawyer, she also specialises in advising trustees and beneficiaries caught up in divorce proceedings.

Dawn uses her experience as to what can go wrong to advise trustees and protectors on their duties and how to manage and reduce their risk. Settlors are advised on how to create robust structures.

Once a problem has arisen she advises on methods to defuse contention, risk mitigation and alternative dispute resolution as well as on proceedings if necessary, ranging from consensual to the most hostile.

Dawn features in Who’s Who Legal’s list of International Private Client Lawyers as one of the ‘most highly regarded practitioners in the world’, described as ‘phenomenal’ according to their sources who praise her ‘responsiveness’.


Dawn Goodman
Dawn Goodman Partner
Withers
Harry Oliver
Barrister
1KBW

Session: 11.20am  Attacking and Defending Trusts in Divorce: Is the Family Court Position on Trusts Correct?


Harry Oliver
Harry Oliver Barrister
1KBW
Elaine Gray
Partner
Carey Olsen

Elaine Gray
Elaine Gray Partner
Carey Olsen
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
Ahi Wheeler
Psychotherapist & Counsellor
Harley Street Therapy

Session: 2.00pm  Psychology of Lying


Ahi Wheeler
Ahi Wheeler Psychotherapist & Counsellor
Harley Street Therapy
Katie Alexiou
Founder
Katie Alexiou Divorce Consultant

Session: 4.20pm  Client Perspective Roundtable


Katie Alexiou
Katie Alexiou Founder
Katie Alexiou Divorce Consultant
Jer O'Mahony
Partner & Head of Family Office
Killik & Co

Session: 4.20pm  Client Perspective Roundtable


Jer O’Mahony
Jer O'Mahony Partner & Head of Family Office
Killik & Co
Alexander Troller
Partner
LALIVE

Session: 2.40pm  A Game of Hide and Seek: Enforcing a Divorce Award

Alexander Troller is a partner at LALIVE. He specialises in civil litigation, with a particular focus on advising private clients on estate and inheritance disputes, including high net worth divorce proceedings and financial matters. His experience in this area has earned him recognition as a leading private client practitioner by Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.


Alexander Troller
Alexander Troller Partner
LALIVE
Laura Rosefield
Founder & Senior Partner
Rosefield Divorce Consultancy

Session: 4.20pm  Client Perspective Roundtable


Laura Rosefield
Laura Rosefield Founder & Senior Partner
Rosefield Divorce Consultancy
Metta MacMillan-Hughes
Partner
Lennox Paton

Session: 11.20am  Attacking and Defending Trusts in Divorce: Is the Family Court Position on Trusts Correct?


Metta MacMillan-Hughes
Metta MacMillan-Hughes Partner
Lennox Paton
Nick Holland
Partner
McDermott, Will & Emery

Session: 11.20am  Attacking and Defending Trusts in Divorce: Is the Family Court Position on Trusts Correct?


Nick Holland
Nick Holland Partner
McDermott, Will & Emery
Richard Foss
Partner
Kingsley Napley

Session: 2.40pm  A Game of Hide and Seek: Enforcing a Divorce Award


Richard Foss
Richard Foss Partner
Kingsley Napley
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
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
Stephen Atherton QC
Barrister
Twenty Essex

Session: 2.40pm  A Game of Hide and Seek: Enforcing a Divorce Award


Stephen Atherton QC
Stephen Atherton QC Barrister
Twenty Essex
Elizabeth Doherty
Partner
Macfarlanes

Elizabeth specialises in international contentious trust, probate and succession disputes, high-value family disputes and proceedings in the Court of Protection.

Elizabeth acts for a wide range of UK and international clients including multinational corporations, trust companies, private companies and a diverse spectrum of high-net-worth individuals.

She has substantial experience as a litigator in the UK courts and in foreign courts, including Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands and has particular expertise in resolving complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes involving the trustees, beneficiaries and protectors of English and offshore family trusts.

Elizabeth has also acted for numerous clients in sensitive and highly confidential disputes in the Court of Protection.


Elizabeth Doherty
Elizabeth Doherty Partner
Macfarlanes
Alex Carruthers
Partner
Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Session: 3.40pm  Wealth Planning Hints and Tips for Safeguarding against Divorce


Alex Carruthers
Alex Carruthers Partner
Hughes Fowler Carruthers
Nicholas Allen QC
Barrister
29 Bedford Row

Nicholas Allen
Nicholas Allen QC Barrister
29 Bedford Row
Bill Hewlett
Founder
Bill Hewlett Therapeutic Mediation

Bill Hewlett has worked for 20 years as a child consultant and a mediator and has managed and supervised the clinical practice of mediators across six Family Relationship Centres in Sydney, Australia. In response to the current challenges of the UK family law system, Bill has developed an innovative and effective model of practice for working with parents who are in conflict with each other. When families are going through traumatic change, the children can respond by being fearful that their parents would not be able to collaborate quickly and effectively to keep them safe. Bill’s focus is to assist the parents to form an amicable, cooperative and collaborative parental alliance with each other, thereby reducing any psychological and developmental load that the children may be carrying.

Bill trains practitioners in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia and often presents at international conferences and is a published author     

Billhewlett.uk


Bill Hewlett
Bill Hewlett Founder
Bill Hewlett Therapeutic Mediation
Gemma Willingham
Partner
Baker McKenzie

Session: 3.40pm  Wealth Planning Hints and Tips for Safeguarding against Divorce


Gemma Willingham
Gemma Willingham Partner
Baker McKenzie
Ben Parry-Smith
Partner
Paynes Hicks Beach

Ben Parry-Smith
Ben Parry-Smith Partner
Paynes Hicks Beach

Agenda

9.00am
Registration
9.30am
Chair's Opening Remarks

Co-chaired by an eminent Family Law practitioner and a Chancery QC, bringing balance and prospective throughout the day

Speakers:
Jane Keir - Partner - Kingsley Napley
Jonathan Hilliard QC - Barrister - Wilberforce Chambers
9.40am
Boris Land: European Family Law Co-operation Post Brexit

With 5 years of a Boris led Conservative government and the inevitably of Brexit in 2020 how will the Family courts across Europe co-operate and ensure the integrity of law. Hear from the renowned Sir Matthew Thorpe on the likely shape of the future landscape

Speakers:
The Rt Hon Sir Matthew Thorpe - Formerly Lord Justice of Appeal - UK Court of Appeal
10.20am
Examining the Pros & Cons of the use of the Media in an HNW Divorce

With divorce cases more and more interesting to the public rather than in the public interest, how has the media become a tool in the armoury of divorce lawyers and practitioners? 

Speakers:
Nicholas Allen - Barrister - 29 Bedford Row
Ben Parry-Smith - Partner - Paynes Hicks Beach
11.00am
Refreshment Break
11.20am
Attacking and Defending Trusts in Divorce: Is the Family Court Position on Trusts Correct?

With the perennial battle between the family and chancery courts still ongoing, is the family court position correct? And have recent cases given practitioners more of a roadmap to achieve their client's goals? 

Speakers:
Dawn Goodman - Partner - Withers
Harry Oliver - Barrister - 1KBW
Elaine Gray - Partner - Carey Olsen
Nick Holland - Partner - McDermott, Will & Emery
12.20pm
When Children Impact on an HNW Divorce

This session will focus on the crossovers between children litigation and HNW proceedings. From issues such as an absent but high earning husband wanting 50/50 custody to the overarching question of is it right to keep finances and children totally separate in proceedings

Speakers:
Claire Blakemore - Partner - Withers
1.00pm
Lunch
2.00pm
Psychology of Lying

This session will delve into why people lie to themselves, their lawyers and the other side. It will talk through how to work with clients with personality disorders, how to spot a genuine disorder, how to deal with it and how it should impact future proceedings

Speakers:
Ahi Wheeler - Psychotherapist & Counsellor - Harley Street Therapy
2.40pm
A Game of Hide and Seek: Enforcing a Divorce Award
  • Unusual assets
  • International enforcement 
Speakers:
Richard Foss - Partner - Kingsley Napley
Hannah Davie - Director - Grant Thornton
Stephen Atherton QC - Barrister - Twenty Essex
Alexander Troller - Partner - LALIVE
3.20pm
Refreshment Break
3.40pm
Wealth Planning Hints and Tips for Safeguarding against Divorce
  • Maximum flexibility
  • Use of spouses as tax planning tools
  • Pre-nups and post-nups
  • Wealth planning pre-White & White
  • Retention of powers
Speakers:
Elizabeth Doherty - Partner - Macfarlanes
Alex Carruthers - Partner - Hughes Fowler Carruthers
Gemma Willingham - Partner - Baker McKenzie
Jessica Henson - Partner - Payne Hicks Beach
4.20pm
Client Perspective Roundtable

Unique opportunity to hear the clients experience of going through a divorce. What were the key considerations in being comfortable with your legal team and what were the pitfalls and drawbacks along the way?

Speakers:
Katie Alexiou - Founder - Katie Alexiou Divorce Consultant
Laura Rosefield - Founder & Senior Partner - Rosefield Divorce Consultancy
Jer O’Mahony - Partner & Head of Family Office - Killik & Co
Bill Hewlett - Founder - Bill Hewlett Therapeutic Mediation
5.00pm
Chair's Summation & Close of Conference
Speakers:
Jane Keir - Partner - Kingsley Napley
Jonathan Hilliard QC - Barrister - Wilberforce Chambers
5.15pm
Cocktail Reception

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Contact Us

If you are interested in this event and would like some more information before making your decision to attend please contact Paul on 020 7107 4155 or email paul@thoughtleaders4.com