The Liver Building

2019 Family Finance Conference (Waiting List)


Speaker: Various

Date: Wednesday 25th September, 2019

Time: 09:30 - 16:00

Areas of Law: Family

Liverpool Law Society,
2nd Floor Helix,
Edmund Street,
L3 9NY

Course Code: S4153


This event is currently at capacity.  If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please proceed with the booking in the usual way but note, this does not guarantee you a place.  Should we receive any cancellations, we will notify those on the waiting list on a first come, first serve basis.

If there is sufficient demand, the event may be held at another venue with greater capacity. If so, we will notify all those on the waiting list and those already booked onto the event.

A must-attend training event for solicitors, barristers & other practitioners involved with family law.  Providing a round-up key developments in law & practice and an opportunity to hear directly from some first class speakers.

Please note: the supporting materials for this event will be supplied electronically only. A link will be sent to you via email in advance of the event.

Conference kindly sponsored by:

Novitas Loans was established in 2011 and has a long-standing reputation as the leading provider of legal fee funding for family litigation proceedings.
Today, there are more than 850 firms who offer Novitas Loans as a funding option for their clients.
For more information please contact Deborah Ward on 07907 981053 or by email at:

Registration & refreshments

Welcome & introduction ~ HHJ Greensmith

Maintenance: where ae we now? ~ Alexis Campbell QC, 29 Bedford Row

  • Current approach
  • Aftermath of Waggot v Waggott
  • Likely changes for the future

Pensions and Divorce – An Actuary’s View ~ Caroline Bayliss, Excalibur Actuaries

  • Introduction to pensions
  • Different methods of splitting the pension
  • Different methods of pension sharing
  • Offsetting
  • Other things to consider in setting out instructions


Is it really that bad? ‘Conduct’ in financial remedy proceedings ~ Sheren Guirguis, Exchange Chambers

  • A review of the authorities regarding conduct within the meaning of section 25(2)(g) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973

Irregularities in company accounts – what are the financial statements really saying ~ Sally Longworth

  • True and Fair’ – how accurate do annual accounts have to be?
  • Can you rely on the external accountant?
  • What are the disclosure requirements for incorporated and unincorporated companies?
  • Red flags – looking at goodwill, stock, changes in corporate structure, directors loan accounts and business expenses


How to Attack a Nuptial Agreement ~ Philip Marshall QC, Exchange Chambers

  • Overview
  • Pre-action steps
  • Factors detracting from the agreement
  • Fully informed? disclosure and misrepresentation
  • Legal advice
  • Foreign legal advice
  • Autonomy
  • Fairness

Case Law Update ~ Archna Dawar, Deans Court Chambers

  • Looking at recent cases in the last 6 – 12 months

Summary & close ~ HHJ Greensmith

Speaker Biographies

Caroline Bayliss has been a qualified actuary for over 25 years and has worked in pensions, wealth management, risk management and life insurance across the UK and Australian markets during that time.  She is a Director of Excalibur Actuaries Limited, who specialise in the provision of single joint expert pension reports in respect of divorcing parties. She has many years’ experience of working with a wide variety of private and public sector pensions, which allows a real insight into how the often-complex pensions which divorcing couples have built up between them over the years can most effectively be analysed and dealt with appropriately on divorce.

Alexis Campbell QC was called to the Bar in 1990 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2017. Practising from 29 Bedford Row Chambers, her core practice area is matrimonial finance with particular interest in: international disputes; offshore trusts; pensions; and companies. Alexis has extensive experience in high net worth cases, unravelling complex financial arrangements. She is a hard negotiator but sensible and gives pragmatic advice. Her children practice focuses on private disputes including international relocation cases. Alexis lectures on family finance to solicitors, members of the Bar, universities and to the Judicial College (the body responsible for continuing professional development of all family judges).

Archna Dawar was called to the bar in 1996. She started her career in Bristol and is now at Deans Court Chamber. She specialises in high value financial remedy cases and complex private law matters.  Archna is ranked in Chamber and Partners and Legal 500 as ‘having an impressive ability in getting to the crux of matter and is a delight to work with’ and ‘she is skilled at providing innovative solutions to complex cases.’

HHJ Andrew Greensmith was admitted in 1986 and is head of Family Law at Dickson Haslam and specialises in ancillary relief and private children.  Andrew is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has a busy collaborative law practice.  He was Chair of Resolution in 2006/7 and is also current Chair of publications and general editor of the Resolution Handbook of Family Law and co-author of the Resolution Handbook on Schedule 1 applications.  He has also been a Deputy District Judge since 1997.

Sheren Guirguis is a family law barrister practising from Exchange Chambers, Liverpool.  Her practice includes financial remedy proceedings, family property disputes, applications under the Inheritance (Provision for family and Dependants) Act and private law children work.  “She is very thorough in her preparation and this shines through both in conferences and in her advocacy. She has an excellent manner with clients.” Sheren has been described as “A good all-rounder. Very personable and thorough.” In Chambers and Partners 2019 and “Pragmatic, solution-focused and will always fight for the client.” in The Legal 500 2018/19.

Sally Longworth is a partner in Grant Thornton UK LLP forensic and investigation services team and has specialised in forensic accounting for the last 20 years.  She has a background in corporate finance and has a wide experience of valuing businesses in ancillary relief cases. She is co-author of the Resolution book “Company Valuation – the expert’s view.’

Philip Marshall QC of Exchange Chambers is a family law practitioner specialising in matrimonial finance and property and related divorce cases. He has extensive experience of “big money” matrimonial disputes at all levels, many with an international or jurisdictional element, and appeared in both White and Miller and McFarlane in the House of Lords. Philip is recognised as a leading silk in both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. He is a Bencher and former vice-chairman of the Advocacy and CPD Committee of Gray’s Inn, a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) and an associate member of Resolution. He is former Chairman (2016/2017) of the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA).



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