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Show me the Money! Family Law seminar

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Time: 13.45 registration, 14.15 – 17.00 seminar 
Venue: 3PB Barristers, Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6AT
CPD: 3 learning Hours, A2 
Fees: Members: £35 + vat; Non-members: £55 + vat 
Speakers:  Elizabeth McGrath QC, Vanessa Meachin QC, Lucy Crompton

Join us for what will be a fantastic seminar and an opportunity to hear 3 industry experts speaking on important subject matters as well as a great opportunity to network with many of your fellow family lawyers.

“Spousal maintenance - where are we now?” - Financial remedies: an update as to recent cases in the area of financial remedies concentrating on spousal supportElizabeth McGrath QC, 3PB Barristers

“Capital split - departure from equality” - Financial remedies: an update as to the recent cases in the area of financial remedies concentrating on capital division - Vanessa Meachin QC, 3PB Barristers

“Compensation - an alternative paradigm” - Lucy Crompton, family law senior lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University


Elizabeth McGrath QC was called to the bar in 1987 and for over 20 years has practiced exclusively in the field of family law. Liz was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2014.

Liz appears regularly in complex high net worth financial remedy cases and has particular expertise in dealing with cases involving private limited companies, partnerships and extensive property and pension portfolios. Liz is often instructed in cases in which there are parallel private law children issues with particular emphasis on ‘residence’, ‘contact’, relocation, LGBT parenting and surrogacy.

Liz has extensive expertise in public law, acting for Local Authorities, parents and children in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. She has been instructed in a number of complex fact finding hearings involving allegations of sexual abuse and non-accidental injuries, and has appeared in a number of reported cases.

Liz’s vast experience across the field of private and public family law, and her down to earth, approachable manner, is known to inspire confidence in her instructing solicitors and enables her to establish a productive and easy rapport with lay clients. Her thorough approach to preparation means that she is quick to identify the crucial issues in complex cases.

Whilst Liz gives firm and fair advice with an eye to early resolution where possible, if proceedings require a judicial decision she has a reputation for concise, robust and effective advocacy.

Vanessa Meachin QC is a family law specialist and has developed a practice in which she enjoys the considerable mix of care, adoption, matrimonial finance and private law children act applications. In recent years she has coupled her family law practice with a developing interest in court of protection work. She appears frequently in complex and sensitive cases involving children in private and public law areas in the Family Division and Family Court. She represents parents, children and local authorities.

In Vanessa’s financial remedies practice, her cases routinely involve substantial assets, corporate assets and issues relating to land and foreign property. She also deals with cases involving financial provision for the family on death and financial provision for children.

Lucy Crompton trained as a family law solicitor under the late great John Cornwell, founder of Resolution. She practiced family law and conveyancing at Dawson Cornwell in London before becoming a lecturer at BPP Law School, where she taught vocational Property Law and Family Law on the Legal Practice Course. She moved to Staffordshire University in 2001, initially to teach on the LPC, then increasingly on academic LLB and LLM programmes. Her growing interest in Family Law reform led to her to complete her LLM in Family Law in 2015. She joined Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014, where she leads the Family Law courses on the LLB and LPC and has been instrumental in establishing the popular annual Family Law Conference. Lucy’s main research interests are private Family Law matters relating to adult relationships, especially domestic violence, finances on relationship breakdown and LGBT issues. She is especially interested in the gender implications of Family Law. She is currently writing about compensation and plans to turn her mind next to the wider gender implications of the law on financial remedies on divorce.

11th October 2018 1:45 PM   through   5:00 PM
The Colmore Building
20 Colmore Circus, Queensway
Birmingham, B4 6AT
United Kingdom
Member fee £ 42.00 (includes VAT of £ 7.00)
Non-Member fee £ 66.00 (includes VAT of £ 11.00)

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