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Business and divorce seminar

Date: 19th June 2019

Time: 09:00 - 12:30

Location:
Law Society of Scotland
Atria One
144 Morrison Street
Edinburgh
EH3 8EX

CPD Hours: 2hours 30minutes

This seminar will provide you with practical guidance and pitfalls to avoid when advising your clients on the legal and financial impact of divorce for their business.

2.5 hours verifiable CPD

What do corporate advisers need to know about the consequences of divorce for business owners? And what are the key financial and business issues that family lawyers need to deal with when advising their clients upon divorce?

Financial settlements following separation or divorce are a complex and distressing matter, with even more complicated scenarios and vexed issues arising when business assets and valuation are at stake.

This interdisciplinary seminar brings together family lawyers and wealth management advisers to provide you with practical guidance on the aspects to keep in mind and the pitfalls to avoid when advising your clients on the legal and financial impact of divorce for their business. It will also give you the opportunity to join the speakers in a group discussion to reflect on specific issues or challenges that you have encountered in your practice.

At this seminar you will:

  • Advance your understanding of the impact of Scots law of divorce for business owners
  • Get expert guidance on the key legal and financial issues affecting business assets upon divorce
  • Learn about the way courts have recently dealt with divorce cases relating to business interests
  • Philippa Cunniff, Partner, Head of Family Law, Gilson Gray (Chair)
  • Jo Douglas, Assistant Director, Financial Planning, Brewin Dolphin Ltd
  • Jenny Smith, Partner, Harper Macleod LLP
  • Alexis Harper, Partner, Harper Macleod LLP
  • Alison Edmondson, Director, SKO Family Law Specialists
  • 09:00 - 09:20

    Registration and breakfast refreshments
  • Speaker

    Philippa is a Partner and Head of Family Law at Gilson Gray. As a dual-qualified lawyer, Philippa is qualified to practise in England and Wales as well as Scotland. She is accredited as a specialist in Family Law by the Law Society of Scotland and a trained collaborative lawyer.

     

    Specialising in Family Law, Philippa deals with a wide range of issues including relationship breakdown. She has particular expertise in complex jurisdictional issues and in the resolution of financial disputes as well as extensive experience in both negotiation and litigation.

     

    She regularly deals with cases with an international dimension and has worked with fellow lawyers in jurisdictions around the world, from the United States to Australia and South Africa, as well as various European countries. Philippa is one of only seven Scottish based Fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

     

    A highly experienced lawyer in wealth protection issues, Philippa often acts in the negotiation and preparation of Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements, many of which have a cross-border or international dimension. Philippa regularly presents at seminars on issues relating to asset protection and financial provision on divorce and has written articles for various legal publications.

     

    As a graduate from Aberdeen University in 1997 with an LLB (Hons) and Diploma in Legal Practice. Philippa went on to train at Loudons WS, remaining there after qualifying. In 2001, she then joined Turcan Connell where she assumed the role of Partner in April 2006. Philippa then remained with Turcan Connell until May 2012 at which time she was appointed to head up the Family Law Team as a Partner at HBJ Gateley. With effect from 1 May 2017, Philippa joined Gilson Gray as a Partner and Head of Family Law.

     

    Philippa is a member of the Family Law Association in Scotland and also of Resolution. The current Chambers UK Guide describes her as “a really constructive lawyer who always knows exactly what she’s doing” and quotes a source as commenting "By virtue of her brilliance, I'd be happy to refer anything to her. She's so sharp, clever and practical."

  • 09:30 - 10:00

    Divorce and business assets: an introduction

    • Relevant legislation and fundamental legal principles
    • ‘Matrimonial property’ and business assets/interests
    • Determining Scots jurisdiction

    Speaker
    Alexis Harper

    Alexis is accredited by the Law Society as a specialist in Family Law and is a member of the Family Law Association and has experience in all matters relating to family law including separation, divorce, financial provision, cohabitation and residence and contact disputes relating to children. She has developed solid advocacy skills in the course of her career representing clients at Sheriff Courts across Scotland in relation to matters concerning their children and their finances. Alexis is particularly focused on cases involving financial provision on Divorce and has acted for clients who are involved in high value divorce actions both at the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session involving individuals who have resided across Scotland.

     

    Alexis has delivered training and presentations both externally and internally relating to financial provision on separation and in particular in relation to the treatment of business interests on Divorce. These presentations have been delivered across the firm's offices.

     

    Alexis is a tutor on the family law elective at Strathclyde University and has tutored on the Professional Competence Course. She is also trained in Collaborative Practice. She was a recommend lawyer in Family within The Legal 500 2018 where clients describe her as ‘highly intelligent and very experienced’; where she was praised for her ‘warm and professional approach’ and ‘hard work put in to representing her clients’ views’, and was also noted for her ‘authority and leadership in a crisis’.

     

    Alexis was also recently asked to sit on the appeal committee board for a charity in order to provide independent view relating to a complaint against the organisation.

    10:00 - 10:40

    The impact of divorce for businesses: guidance and practical considerations

    • Common scenarios that affect business assets and their family law implications
    • Valuing personal investment and pension assets for business owners: the key issues
    • Practical advice for practitioners: aspects to keep in mind and pitfalls to avoid

    Speakers
    Jo Douglas

    Jo is a Chartered Financial Planning Manager at Brewin Dolphin, creating bespoke financial plans for High Net Worth individuals. Jo heads up the Professional Services for Family Lawyers team in Edinburgh.

    Jenny has experience of all aspects of family law, including divorce and separation, civil partnership, financial provision, cohabitant claims, preparation of pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and issues to do with children including residence and contact.  She has a particular interest and experience in the financial issues arising from separation and divorce, often involving high net worth, complex or unusual matters.  She has been involved in many complicated cases in both the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session.

     

    Jenny is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in family law as well as an accredited family mediator.  She is trained in interdisciplinary collaborative practice.  She is dual qualified in Scottish and English law.

     

    Jenny is a tutor in family law on the Strathclyde University Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.  She is a committee member of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow.  She is also a committee member of the local Glasgow collaborative practice group. 

    10:40 - 10:55

    Questions and discussion

  • 10:55 - 11:15

    Refreshments and networking
  • 11:15 - 11:55

    Case law review

    Speaker

    Alison is a Director of SKO and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Family Law and as a Family Mediator. She also holds a postgraduate Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution; is trained as a Collaborative Lawyer and as a Family Law Arbitrator.

     

    Chambers & Partners have described Alison as "intellectually strong" and as being someone who “is admired for her work in novel financial proceedings, particularly those with complex actuarial and tax issues”. In the current edition of the guide she is commended as being "very sensible, practical, very constructive and reassuring".

     

    Financial issues arising from separation are Alison’s primary focus. She has particular expertise in cases relating to business interests, pensions, taxation and inherited wealth, including in connection with retirement and retirement planning. Her practice also includes family cases with novel issues such as cases where one party has lost capacity, the international protection of vulnerable adults and disputed inheritance claims.

     

    Alison regularly writes and lectures for, amongst others, STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), ICAS (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland), SOLAS (Society of Law Accountants in Scotland) and Update (Law Society of Scotland).

     

    Alison is a skilled negotiator and an experienced litigator in both the Court of Session and Sheriff Court as well as being committed to alternatives to the court process, including mediation, collaborative law and arbitration.

    11:55 - 12:25

    Panel discussion

    • Interactive session between speakers and delegates, where delegates will have the chance to highlight/discuss particular issues

  • Speaker

    Philippa is a Partner and Head of Family Law at Gilson Gray. As a dual-qualified lawyer, Philippa is qualified to practise in England and Wales as well as Scotland. She is accredited as a specialist in Family Law by the Law Society of Scotland and a trained collaborative lawyer.

     

    Specialising in Family Law, Philippa deals with a wide range of issues including relationship breakdown. She has particular expertise in complex jurisdictional issues and in the resolution of financial disputes as well as extensive experience in both negotiation and litigation.

     

    She regularly deals with cases with an international dimension and has worked with fellow lawyers in jurisdictions around the world, from the United States to Australia and South Africa, as well as various European countries. Philippa is one of only seven Scottish based Fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

     

    A highly experienced lawyer in wealth protection issues, Philippa often acts in the negotiation and preparation of Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements, many of which have a cross-border or international dimension. Philippa regularly presents at seminars on issues relating to asset protection and financial provision on divorce and has written articles for various legal publications.

     

    As a graduate from Aberdeen University in 1997 with an LLB (Hons) and Diploma in Legal Practice. Philippa went on to train at Loudons WS, remaining there after qualifying. In 2001, she then joined Turcan Connell where she assumed the role of Partner in April 2006. Philippa then remained with Turcan Connell until May 2012 at which time she was appointed to head up the Family Law Team as a Partner at HBJ Gateley. With effect from 1 May 2017, Philippa joined Gilson Gray as a Partner and Head of Family Law.

     

    Philippa is a member of the Family Law Association in Scotland and also of Resolution. The current Chambers UK Guide describes her as “a really constructive lawyer who always knows exactly what she’s doing” and quotes a source as commenting "By virtue of her brilliance, I'd be happy to refer anything to her. She's so sharp, clever and practical.

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£97.92
 
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£97.92
 
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£97.92
 
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£87.50
 
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