Date: 14th June 2019
Time: 09:00 - 12:15
Law Society of Scotland
144 Morrison Street
CPD Hours: 2hours 30minutesDuring this seminar, our expert family lawyers will discuss the rights of cohabitants in Scots law and the prospective areas of reform, as well as offering insight into key cases and providing practical guidance.
2.5 hours verifiable CPD
In the last few years, the number of cohabiting couples has increased significantly across the UK, quickly becoming the fastest growing family type in the country. The Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 gives cohabitants certain rights in the event of separation or death. However, these rights are much more limited than those of married couples or civil partners, and the courts have wide discretion to quantify claims. As a result, this ever-changing landscape often leaves clients and their solicitors in a ‘grey’ area touching on issues involving property and finances, joint assets, children maintenance and parental responsibility.
During this seminar, our expert family lawyers will discuss the rights of cohabitants in Scots law and the prospective areas of reform, provide tips and guidance on how to best issue a claim and draft cohabitation agreements, and offer insight into recent key cases to reflect on how the thorny issue of ‘quantification’ has been assessed and developed in the courts.
Are you a solicitor specialising in this area of law? We offer specialist accreditation in a number of areas, including Family Law and Child Law. Find out if you qualify see Specialist Accreditation.
By attending this seminar, you will:
- increase your understanding of the legal and practical implications of cohabitants’ rights in Scots law and the possible areas of reform;
- learn about the criteria used in recent decisions to assess and quantify claims;
- get tips on how to best draft claims;
- identify the key aspects to keep in mind when advising your clients on cohabitation agreements.
- John Kerrigan, Consultant, Blackadders
- Karen Gibbons, Partner, Harper Macleod
- Lesley Gordon, Partner, BTO Solicitors
- Anne Dick, Inkdance Family Mediation