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HNW Divorce Elite Circle

Elite Circle is an exclusive and unique meeting place for more senior practitioners within HNW Divorce 

30th September & 1st October 2021 - Fanhams Hall Hotel, Ware, UK 

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Elite Circle Advisory Board

Alex Carruthers
Partner
Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Alex Carruthers
Alex Carruthers Partner
Hughes Fowler Carruthers
Claire Gordon
Partner
Farrer & Co

Claire is well known for resolving difficult personal situations for her clients, and avoiding lengthy legal battles with the inevitable emotional and financial cost. Her clients value her calm and reassuring confidence and her ability to achieve civilised outcomes wherever possible. 

Claire is a partner in the Farrer & Co Family & Divorce team.

With nearly two decades of specialist family law experience and practice, Claire relishes her diverse client base. Discretion for her clients is always absolutely key. She increasingly acts for entrepreneurs, private equity, professionals, individuals in the public eye and those with generational wealth, helping to resolve their myriad family disputes. It is rare for her cases not to have some international dimension, so collaborating with lawyers from around the world to protect her clients' interests is a daily part of her practice.  

Claire helps people who are often at a crossroads in their lives. They may be facing the end of a relationship or issues in relation to their children, for example. Or it may be the beginning of a relationship and they are thinking about the future as Claire has a notable reputation for her work on both UK and international pre and post nuptial agreements and civil partnership agreements. Whatever the issue, Claire works with her clients to agree the best way forward, focussing not just on the short term but also their long term interests.   

Claire enjoys building strong relationships with her clients and helping them through what is almost invariably an emotionally charged situation. She understands the complex dynamics that can be at play between individuals and how that needs to be factored in at every step of the way. Her client's best interests are paramount - she is a firm but fair negotiator who takes real pride in her work.

Claire's collaborative approach is also reflected in the way she draws expertise from across the firm to ensure all of her clients' needs are met. She often works closely with specialists from our reputation management, property, immigration and succession planning teams, for example.

Claire is also the Graduate Recruitment Partner for the firm, seeking out talented lawyers for the firm's future. 

 

 

 

 

 


Claire Gordon
Claire Gordon Partner
Farrer & Co
Mark Freedman
Partner
Osbornes Law

Mark is a Partner in the Family Department and is also the firm’s finance partner.

He joined the Family Department on qualification in 1994 quickly progressing to partner.

Mark specialises in all areas of family law with a specific focus on high profile and high net worth divorce and finance cases, as well as complex cases involving overseas assets and trusts.  He has acted for celebrities and high net worth individuals before the Central Family Court and the High Court with excellent results.

Mark sets out to achieve the very best for his clients and has earned himself a reputation as a tough negotiator both in and out the Court forum. He regularly conducts round table meetings bringing finance cases to  a swift and cost-effective conclusion as an alternative to Court Hearings.

His work involves multi-jurisdictional divorce and children cases, with particular emphasis on Europe and the middle-east. He has successfully represented clients in all areas including under the new Child Arrangements Programme.


Mark Freedman
Mark Freedman Partner
Osbornes Law
Katie Longmate
Partner & Mediator
Alexiou Fisher Philipps

Katie has specialised in family law since 2007. Katie joined Alexiou Fisher Philipps in 2011 from a well-known media firm, rising rapidly to become the firm’s first promotion to the partnership in over ten years.

Her experience allows her to offer advice across the full spectrum of family law but she has developed a strong practice in international child relocation cases and disputes involving arrangements for children, including surrogacy cases.

Katie advises on all issues arising from relationship breakdown, including divorce and finances (often with an international element) co-habitation between unmarried couples and the drafting and negotiating of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.


Katie Longmate
Katie Longmate Partner & Mediator
Alexiou Fisher Philipps
Caroline Park
Partner
Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Caroline has extensive experience across the whole spectrum of family law work, particularly in relation to complex financial disputes arising on divorce and separation, disputes involving children and the drafting and negotiation of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

Caroline joined Hughes Fowler Carruthers in 2008, rising rapidly to become the firm’s first promotion to the partnership in over ten years.

She joined from international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she was a tax lawyer. During her time at Freshfields, Caroline worked on a wide range of cross-border, commercial transactions, involving both corporate clients and major financial institutions.

Since joining Hughes Fowler Carruthers in 2008, Caroline has worked on a number of reported cases and has built up extensive experience across the whole spectrum of family law work, in particular in relation to complex financial disputes arising on divorce and separation, disputes involving children and the drafting and negotiation of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.


Caroline Park
Caroline Park Partner
Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Roundtable Hosts

Kellie Gread
Partner
PwC

Kellie is the leader of the Valuations practice of PwC in the UK, and specialises in providing valuation advice and opinions in the contexts of disputes over the value of businesses, assets or shares, often culminating in litigation or arbitration. Kellie is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Kellie has been valuing businesses for 20 years, across all industry sectors. Kellie’s valuations experience is broad - she performs valuations for transaction advisory, financial reporting, taxation, restructurings and expert determinations across a range of industry sectors - however, a significant amount of her time involves working with legal teams and clients where expert evidence on valuation/damages is needed.

Kellie works extensively on matrimonial disputes, including both single joint expert and sole expert cases, in the High Court (she has been the expert in over 50 of such cases). During the course of her career, Kellie has also prepared expert reports addressing valuation issues in respect of breach of warranty, breach of contract, professional negligence, agency disputes and minority oppression matters. These reports have been presented before UK Courts and International Arbitration Tribunals and she has given expert testimony.


Kellie Gread
Kellie Gread Partner
PwC
Alex Cooke
Chief Executive Officer
Schneider Financial Solutions

Alex is one of the co-founders of Schneider Financial Solutions and is responsible for the company’s continued growth, product development and chairs the credit committee. Alex has been responsible for writing some of the largest and most complicated loans in the matrimonial funding space, often including jurisdictional disputes and or Part III applications.

Before setting up Schneider Financial Solutions Alex ran a private wealth consulting business with clients including offshore trustees, family offices, investment managers and chartered accountants. He has significant experience in the commercial real estate sector, especially in the structuring and implementation of alternative finance arrangements.


Alex Cooke
Alex Cooke Chief Executive Officer
Schneider Financial Solutions
Hannah Davie
Partner
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 Partner
Grant Thornton
Steven Haynes
Director
Greyhawk

Steven Haynes has over twenty years of intelligence experience. Between 1997 and 2005, he worked at Control Risks Group, where he was head of intelligence for Africa and the Middle East. Between 2005 and co-founding Greyhawk in 2012, he was Director of Corporate Intelligence at KPMG. He co-wrote the firm’s Global Corporate Intelligence methodology and trained KPMG Forensic teams worldwide.

He has provided political risk, due diligence and investigation services to three of the top five international oil companies and eight of the top ten global investment banks. His experience includes supporting the largest foreign direct investments into Nigeria and South Africa respectively. He has worked “on the ground” in many emerging and frontier markets, including Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, India, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola, Sierra Leone, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon.

Between 1988 and 1997, he was a journalist, latterly with the Sunday Times, where he worked on the paper’s Insight investigations team.


Steven Haynes
Steven Haynes Director
Greyhawk
Ami Sweeney
Associate Director
Grant Thornton

I have over 10 years’ experience of working in our insolvency and asset recovery team that specialises in global asset tracing, recovery and enforcement.

I manage contentious personal and corporate insolvency appointments and work closely with solicitors to formulate legal claims to enforce judgements and maximise recoveries for those who have suffered a financial loss.

I lived in the British Virgin Islands for two years where I led several high-profile feeder funds in liquidation. This enabled me to obtain experience in understanding and unwinding complex corporate structures in offshore jurisdictions and attending to contentious trust matters.

These skills have supported my focus on assisting beneficiaries, trustees and representatives in matrimonial, family, trust and probate disputes with the support of my colleagues in the corporate intelligence, forensic, and valuation teams.


Ami Sweeney
Ami Sweeney Associate Director
Grant Thornton
Alex Hulbert
Chief Operating Officer
Schneider Financial Solutions

Alex is responsible for the planning, monitoring and implementation of the company’s strategies, goals and procedures. Alex oversees product development, lending opportunities and the daily operations of the executives, as well as general day to day supervision and management of the company’s loan book, underwriting and other projects.

Alex was formerly a solicitor at two of the City’s most respected law firms. Alex has significant experience in domestic and multi-jurisdictional HNW and UHNW divorces including those with complex trust and corporate structures, pre-acquired wealth and non-disclosure issues.


Alex Hulbert
Alex Hulbert Chief Operating Officer
Schneider Financial Solutions
Sarah Middleton
Director
PwC

Sarah is a director in the PwC UK Valuations practice (a team of 150 dedicated valuation specialists) and specialises in providing valuation advice and opinions to Private Clients in relation to the value of private and family owned businesses, assets or shares, often in the context of disputes. Sarah has been providing valuation advice to clients for over 15 years.

Sarah’s valuations experience is broad and covers a range of industry sectors, however a significant amount of her time is spent working with legal teams and clients where independent evidence on valuation and liquidity is needed, often involving businesses in the industrial products and services, consumer and retail and real estate sectors.

During the course of her career Sarah has worked extensively on matrimonial disputes (c.35), including both single joint expert and sole expert cases, providing commercial, sensible and robust opinions drawing upon current and relevant market insight. Sarah works collaboratively with legal teams and clients, and believes in a transparent approach, applying objectivity and independence in all cases.


Sarah Middleton
Sarah Middleton Director
PwC
Ed Palmer
Director
Greyhawk

Since co-founding Greyhawk in 2012, Edward has been the lead investigator in over 100 cross-border disputes and enforcement actions in the context of investor-state arbitration, civil fraud, contentious insolvency and commercial litigation.

Recent cases include acting for a state to identify over $500m stolen by a corrupt official; identifying enforcement options for an investor with an ICSID award against a sovereign; acting for creditors pursuing the personal assets of directors following a $200m banking fraud; and acting for a state oil company in the successful enforcement of an arbitral award against an energy group in the CIS. The majority of his work is international and often involves an offshore element


Ed Palmer
Ed Palmer Director
Greyhawk

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