The objective is to bring together up-and-coming practitioners specialising in HNW Divorce to forge networks, discuss experiences and share knowledge.
- Targeted at those with 2-12 years experience
- Unique members only knowledge and networking
- All aspects of HNW Divorce catered for
TL4 HNW Divorce Next Gen will run informative panel sessions and networking events, covering the most pertinent and current issues affecting HNW Divorce - targeted at the junior practitioner in HNW divorce.
Members will include:
- Junior partners, associates, counsel at law firms specialising in HNW Divorce
- Junior barristers practicing at the commercial, chancery, family bar
- Managers / junior directors at investigation firms
- In house at banks, wealth managers and financial institutions
- Litigation funders specialising in HNW Divorce
- Forensic accounting professionals
Bringing together up-and-coming HNW Divorce practitioners to share knowledge and experience
Who Qualifies as a Next Generation practictioner?
Are there membership criteria?
Typically members must operate in fields related to HNW Divorce Litigation and have 2 - 12 years of experience.
Does my membership end once I reach 12 years in the industry?
No, this only at the point of joining
Is there a membership fee?
No, membership is free.
Senior Associate - Kingsley Napley
Abby is a Senior Associate in the Family and Divorce team who undertakes matters involving all aspects of private family law and in particular complex financial issues and private children cases.
Abby practices in all aspects of private family law, with particular expertise in cases involving:
- Complex financial disputes often involving trust assets, family wealth or inheritance
- Farming divorces
- Pre and postnuptial agreements
- All issues concerning the arrangements for children, particularly cases involving parental alienation, relocation within or outside of England and Wales and financial provision for children
- International elements including;
- International relocation (also known as leave to remove)
- Cross border matrimonial disputes
- Jurisdiction race
Abby gives clear, sensible advice and takes great care of her clients, working strategically and creatively to achieve the best possible outcome.
Abby is recognised as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2019 and she is listed as a recommended lawyer in Legal 500 UK. She has been shortlisted as Woman of the Year - Rising Star in the Powerwomen Awards 2020.
Partner - Levison Meltzer Pigott
Alistair joined the firm as a paralegal in 2005 and qualified having completed his training contract in 2008. He was made partner in 2015.
Alistair practises in all areas of family law, in particular complex financial remedy cases often involving assets in different jurisdictions and complicated trust structures. Alistair has assisted in many of the firm’s reported cases in recent years including US v SR in 2013, AC v DC & Others and AC v DC and others (no 2) in 2012 and J v J and Jones v Jones in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Between 2015 and 2017 Alistair represented the wife in the English proceedings of MH, with reported judgments in Ireland and the CJEU on the correct interpretation of European law regarding issue and service of applications.
Alistair has extensive experience in all areas of private Children Act proceedings including leave to remove cases. In June 2015 he acted for the Mother in RC v AB who successfully obtained permission to return to Angola with her son following wardship proceedings. Prior to being made partner, Alistair assisted in the reported cases of R v F (Schedule 1: Costs) regarding costs in Schedule 1 proceedings in 2011 and Re Child X (Rights of Media Attendance) in 2009, the then leading case on the right of the media to report on private children law cases.
Partner - Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP
Eesha advises individuals, trustees, beneficiaries and financial institutions on private wealth issues often involving international tax and trust matters. She also advises charities and philanthropists and executors and beneficiaries in relation to probates.
Eesha focuses on personal tax for individuals including pre-arrival planning and the remittance basis. Eesha is experienced in establishing bespoke asset holding structures for high net worth individuals, with a particular focus on non domiciles.
Eesha advises trustees and beneficiaries on complex trust law issues, charities on governance issues, philanthropists on grant making, and executors and beneficiaries on high value, complex probates.
Director - Grant Thornton UK LLP
Hannah is 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.
Hannah’s focus is on assisting beneficiaries, trustees and representatives in matrimonial, family, trust and probate disputes. She works to find strategies that ensure the most appropriate action is taken in order to achieve maximum recovery. Hannah uses the Insolvency Act, such as liquidations, bankruptcies and court appointed receiverships, along with other civil legislation, as a tool to assist with investigation, asset tracing and recovery processes.
Hannah is supported by her corporate intelligence, forensic and valuation experts and colleagues internationally when instructed to identify and recover assets, including offshore trusts and corporate structures, with the goal of working seamlessly to achieve the best results for the client.
Hannah often acts on a contingent basis and regularly engages with solicitors, counsel, litigation funders and adverse cost insurers on similar terms to ensure the most appropriate action is taken, which is focused on the client’s individual requirements
Barrister - 1KBW
A specialist family law barrister, Max’s work includes family finance (including TOLATA), divorce proceedings, private and international children cases and jurisdiction disputes.
He has advised and acted at all levels up to the High Court and is equally comfortable on his own and as junior counsel.
Prior to joining 1 King’s Bench Walk, Max held visiting lectureships in Contract Law and the Law of Trusts at King’s College London.
Chartered Financial Planner - James Hambro & Partners
Vivienne is a Chartered Financial Planner and joined James Hambro & Partners in 2018. Vivienne delights in building and maintaining strong, lasting client relationships and has had the pleasure of providing bespoke financial planning advice to wealthy individuals and their families for several years. Prior to entering the financial services profession, Vivienne qualified as an accountant and was a Director of Finance in the NHS.
Vivienne enjoys serving clients at different financial stages of their lives, helping them to achieve financial independence and security, by structuring their wealth as tax efficiently as possible, while seeking to protect the asset base for future generations.
Vivienne has particular interest in assisting people during or after divorce where during an emotional period, expert and timely advice can be crucial in determining the division and ongoing management of wealth.
Levison Meltzer Pigott
Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP
Grant Thornton UK LLP
James Hambro & Partners
31 Mar 2021Inter-Generational Wealth Planning: The Private Client Practitioner of the Future - Available Now
On-Demand Full Day Event
With the old guard of HNWs passing on their wealth to the next generation, how should advisors adapt and change their approach when dealing with the next wave of HNW millenials and Generation Z
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21 Apr 2020Love Hurts: Divorce Proofing Inter-Generational Wealth Planning
Virtual Conference 12.00pm - 1.00pm Our inaugural HNW Divorce Next Gen event is now virtual. Registration is £10 per person and all proceeds will be donated to Refuge.
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18 Nov 2020The Worldwide Webb: The Future of Trusts
Delighted to bring you the first joint event between ConTrA and TL4 Next Gen Wealth.
Designed for Contentious & Non-Contentious practitioners alike.
Bringing you an examination of the impact of the recent Privy Council decision in Webb v. Webb
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19 Nov 2020TL4 Virtual Community X-Over
A unique virtual event bringing together HNW Divorce, FIRE and Private Client experts. We will be discussing how the various practice areas overlap with each other and how best to work across disciplines
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15 Dec 2020HNW Advisors Leadership Programme: Training and development for future leaders
Leading complex relationships, working through challenging strategy and training your professional mindset makes a good advisor. But what makes a great, trusted advisor? What skills do you need to become a well-rounded HNW practitioner to grow your niche and succeed?
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19 Jan 2021HNW Divorce: Family Mediation Week
Taking place from 18-22 January 2021, Family Mediation Week aims to raise awareness of mediation and how it can help separating families manage their issues collaboratively and productively.
TL4 HNW Divorce is delighted to present 3 unique bullet sessions around mediation and ADR for HNW Divorce.
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Anita Arthur joins TL4 as Community Director for Disputes - exciting new community coming soon
ThoughtLeaders4 is delighted to announce that Anita Arthur has joined as Director for our new DISPUTES community that will be launching shortly.
Anita brings huge experience within the industry and a strong track record of launching and growing market leading events over the last 15 years within disputes, sanctions, anti-corruption, fraud & asset recovery and private equity, among others.Read more
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James has been the commercial lead on many globally renowned Private Client events and forums and has over 10 years of experience of curating communities across the full spectrum of the Private Client advisory market.
James’s arrival re-unites him with Laura Golding and along with the ThoughtLeaders4 directors, gives over 30 years’ experience within Private Client, and will add continued impetus to an already rapidly growing community.Read more
HNW Divorce Magazine - Issue 4 - 2020, A Year Like No Other
As this “unprecedented” year draws to a close and we prepare for a new year that hopefully promises a whole new world, we invite our readers to wrap up 2020 with the 4th Edition of our HNW Divorce Magazine.Read more
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HNW Divorce Magazine - Issue 3 - The Perfect Staycation Read…
We are delighted to bring you the Summer edition of the HNW Divorce Magazine. With lockdown easing, having the brake pedal squeezed, over, impending or a 2nd wave imminent there has never been greater pressure on everyone’s way of life. Community has never been more important to the busy practitioner and we are pleased to bring you truly unprecedented industry-led content in the bumper 3rd edition of the HNW Divorce Magazine.Read more
HNW Divorce Magazine - Issue 2 - Community Comes First
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29 Bedford Row Extends Community Partnership
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Capacity & Sexual Relations: A Radical Re-Assessment
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Chart Brexit - List of rules applicable in France after Brexit
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TL4 Cross-Over Case Study Overview for Attendees
Case study fact pattern for virtual event - 19th November 2020Read more
EU laws continue until at least 2038 and beyond
The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. But in matters of law it fully leaves on 31 December 2020. But EU laws will continue to apply, and be applied, in the English family courts from 1 January 2021 onwards, probably until 2038 and perhaps beyond. This fact is not much known, has not been widely publicised but is very relevant for those who wish to continue to rely on EU laws in their family affairs.Read more
TL4 X-Over Case Study
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Cooking up a storm: The Privy Council’s decision in Webb v Webb
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On 3 August 2020 the Privy Council handed down its eagerly awaited Webb v Webb ( UKPC 22) judgment in the appeal from the Cook Islands. Its judgment grapples with several important issues, with perhaps the most eye-catching aspectRead more
Quickfire HNW Divorce: Hot Topics in Finances & Children - Event Slides
Event slides for Quickfire HNW Divorce: Hot Topics in Finances & ChildrenRead more
War Stories on Pre- and Post-nuptial agreements
Marital agreements are becoming increasingly popular in England & Wales as more couples seek greater certainty of financial outcomes in the event they divorce. The increasing number of international couples (who may be more used to such agreements) has also made marital and civil partnership agreements more popular and culturally acceptable in England & Wales.Read more
Hot topics in proceedings for financial provision after a foreign divorce (Part III)
Proceedings for financial claims after a divorce has already taken place in another country (known in England and Wales as Part III applications) are politically, legally, and culturally sensitive. These applications enable a court in one country to determine whether a financial outcome made in another country is fair and adequate and if not, additional financial relief can be secured. This can sometimes lead to very large financial settlements. This talk deals with the most relevant cases in the last 12 months and discusses some current thorny issues including the difficulty in sharing English pensions after a foreign divorce post 31 December 2020.Read more
Family law leaves the EU: the law on 1 January 2021
EU family laws end on New Year’s Eve 2020. For all new proceedings from 1 January 2021 onwards there will be reference to national laws and non-EU international laws. This article summarises what is that law, separating out threefold elements of jurisdiction, forum and recognition with enforcement. In turn it is within the three key areas namely divorce, maintenance and children.Read more
Family law leaves the EU: the conjunctive or disjunctive interpretation resolved by EU guidance
Over the summer there was real uncertainty concerning the proper and appropriate interpretation of a key part of the 2019 EU Withdrawal Agreement (WA). Not a matter of mere academic or political interest, it was vital for family law practitioners to know how to prepare for EU exit, specifically what steps should be taken in their cases this autumn and winter. Last week the EU published guidance which very helpfully clarified the position, confirmed by the UK Ministry of Justice.Read more
Claiming maintenance where the petition is based on sole domicile
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Trusts in Divorce 6th July Event Slides
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29 Bedford Row Event Materials
Downlaod the event notes and slides from the recent 29 Bedford Row event - HNW Divorce, The latest from 29 Bedford RowRead more
Cases Referred to in Trustees & Divorce Virtual Event
Crib sheet of cases referred to in recent virtual eventRead more
Suggested Guidance for the conduct of Financial Dispute Resolution/Neutral Evaluation Hearings & for the conduct of a remote hearing as arbitrator or PFDR
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Want further clarifiaction? Question the authors directly in a 1 hour webinar on 12 June 2020 designed to provide guidance on the guide:
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Unmarried Couples & Schedule 1 Event Materials
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Splitting Finances on Divorce
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Attacking and defending (pension) trusts in divorce
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The current obstacles facing intended parents in UK/US international surrogacy arrangements
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Enforcement of Matrimonial Orders and potential funding options
Disputes within HNW Divorces are increasingly common.
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Can you enforce the terms of an English order in Jersey?
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Coronavirus’ impact on HNWs advice
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UK EU Cooperation in Family Law after Brexit: the effect for HNW families
The UK has left the EU. But existing laws continue throughout the transition period, end December 2020. Some had lobbied for EU family laws nevertheless to continue. In February 2020 the UK government confirmed EU laws will end completely. But the UK is probably the leading jurisdiction for international families and the EU represents a significant number of the independently mobile cross-border families. It is essential there is future cooperation. Moreover, what will be the effect and impact on high net worth families?Read more
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Child abduction during the Coronavirus Pandemic
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Should Children be Moving between their Parents’ Homes during the Coronavirus?
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Couples to be able to ‘Tie the Knot’ over Zoom
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The Heartbreak of Grandparents during Coronavirus
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Trustees and Divorce: Navigating Stormy Waters
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Out-Of-Court Resolution: DR in the Corona Virus Environment and Beyond
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Coronavirus in the Family Law arena
The Coronavirus pandemic has no doubt created fear around the world. With school closures, travel bans and the lockdown of many cities around the world, many of us are left wondering where the safest place for us is to ride out the coming months. Whilst it is completely understandable to want to protect ourselves, our families and our children, if looking for a safe haven results in you removing your children from their country of residence, without the consent of the other parent, you could find yourself facing civil and criminal repercussions.Read more
More Skype hearings prompted by the Coronavirus outbreak
Reports in some media and newspapers today, Sunday 8th March 2020, indicate that HM Courts & Tribunals Service is moving ahead with coronavirus containment plans to have more Skype type video-conferencing court hearings, particularly and initially in criminal cases, to reduce the need for use of public transport and public gathering. The family law profession will follow developments closely as it can only be a short step to the same measures in the Family Court.Read more
Potential Psychology and Emotional Challenges in HNW and UHNW Divorce
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