The Liver Building

2021 Family Finance Law Conference


Speaker: Various

Date: Wednesday 29th September, 2021

Time: 09:30 - 15:30

Areas of Law: Family


Course Code: S4554


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

Can’t make the date/time or need to revisit the training? No problem, booking onto this event means you will receive a link to access a recording of the event at your leisure! The link will be sent within approx 72hrs of live broadcast & be available for approx. 3 months, to view as many times as you wish.

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Welcome & introduction ~ District Judge Baker

Let’s Go Get a LSPO!: Maintenance Pending Suit & Legal Services Payment Orders – Approach for Applicant & Respondent ~ Juliet Allen, St Philips Chambers

  • Practical Guide to making and defending MPS and LSPO applications
  • Summary of key legal and procedural principles
  • Beyond TL v ML and Rubin v Rubin: case law update for MPS and LSPO

Non-disclosure issues in financial proceedings ~ Sheren Guirguis, Exchange Chambers

  • Alternative sources of information where the parties are failing to provide disclosure
  • Enforcement of orders for disclosure
  • Adverse inferences
  • Impact on the duty to negotiate

comfort break

Nuptial Agreements: Best practice, Case law Update and Other Observations ~ Ashley Murray, Ashley Murray Chambers

  • The legislation position on Pre Nups and updated case approach pre-legislation changes
  • Good and bad practice relating to pre-nups
  • Recent case update on Xydhias agreements
  • General practice observations – re communication/ gender /manners/ commitment/the Profession

Revisiting final orders and setting aside ~ Sam Hillas QC, St Johns Buildings

  •  Vary or set aside?
  • Grounds for setting aside
  • Routes to setting aside
  • Impact of Covid-19

comfort break

Short Marriages - where are we now?~ Archna Dawar, St Johns Buildings

  • A summary of the case law
  • Tips for cases

Matrimonial / Non matrimonial property:  In? Out? Or shake it all about? ~ Charles Hale QC 4 Paper Buildings

  • The assessment of matrimonial quality
  • Needs and invading mat property
  • Cases and where we are now

Family Finance Round-Up ~ Alexis Campbell QC, 29 Bedford Row Chambers

  • A review of the most important financial remedy cases over the past 12 months

Summary & ~ District Judge Baker

Speaker Biographies

Juliet Allen

Alexis Campbell QC was Called to the Bar in 1990. Appointed Queens Council in 2017. Her core practice area is matrimonial finance with particular interest in: international disputes; offshore trusts; pensions; and companies. Extensive experience in high net worth cases, unravelling complex financial arrangements. Hard negotiator but sensible and pragmatic advice. Children practice focuses on private disputes with a focus on international relocation cases.

Archna Dawar was called to the bar in 1996. She started her career in Bristol and is now at St Johns Chambers. 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.

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.

Charles Hale QC was appointed to the rank of Queens Counsel in 2014. He is a family advocate with particular expertise in all aspects of matrimonial finance and Schedule 1 (financial remedies) and private law children work. He is regularly instructed in international family disputes, leave to remove and child abduction cases involving international law, Brussels I and II and international treaties. He has provided advice and Affidavits of Laws in French and Australian divorce cases and international pre-nuptual agreements. In domestic cases, Charles has a reputation for dealing with the most complex matters involving financial disputes as well as intractable and alienated parent cases, vulnerable adult/child cases and also cases arising out of same sex/alternative family disputes.

Sam Hillas QC was called to the Bar in 1996. Samantha specialises in ancillary relief, cohabitation, children and personal protection. Practicing at St Johns Buildings, Samantha is a member of the Family Law Bar Association.

Ashley Murray has for the last two decades been the author of the highly acclaimed peer reviewed chapter (120 plus pages) on “Pre-Nuptial Agreements” in the now standard law text book “Cohabitation, Law, Practice and Precedents” (Jordans 8th Ed 2020) and has lectured upon the subject to lawyers in as far afield as Perth Western Australia. He was the first counsel on the Northern Circuit more than 25 years ago to exclusively practice in ancillary relief cases. Having been a tenant of his former Liverpool Chambers for almost 40 years, in 2014 he set up Ashley Murray Chambers as a sole practitioner with the automated facility for solicitors to directly make bookings upon his “live diary” on his website. Not only did he then become the first exclusively Family Law Chambers on the Northern Circuit, but his Chambers became on a change of the Bar Council Regulations the first Family Law “Entity” to be registered by the BSB nationally and then a year later to be incorporated in 2015. He was also the original protagonist for the setting up of what became, with the assistance of Ernest Ryder J, as he then was,  the unique (outside of London) “Money Judge” system on the Northern Circuit, which subsequently has been incorporated into the new Financial Remedies Court. He has also been over the last 20 years the author of numerous published articles on diverse subjects relating to financial remedy In the Family Law Journal some of which have been referred to in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court and he is well known for his complimentary Case Updates (no 94 to date) circulated locally and nationally to practitioners and the judiciary alike.”


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