Full and frank: cards on the table – face up. That is the duty of disclosure on each spouse when resolving financial matters on divorce. Reported cases are littered with offshore vehicles, sham trusts and even rogue claims to diplomatic immunity, all devices aimed at hiding the real extent of one’s asset position.
After the Supreme Court cases of Sharland and Gohil, a host of other cases are lined up for hearing. Meanwhile, Panama was once famous for its canal. Now it is well known for the headquarters of the law firm, Mossack Fonseca, which found itself subject to a massive data leak of 11 million leaked files, the Panama Papers. A good number of former spouses are predicted to be seeking to rely on them in fresh applications to set aside, vary or appeal their original financial orders. Certain documents, however, may be exempt from disclosure, being covered by confidentiality or privacy, including legal professional privilege.
Where do the specialist family law solicitors find themselves in this rapidly developing environment?
Join us at our inclusive Family Section regional seminars where our events will:
17:30 - 18:00 Registration and refreshments
18:00 - 18:05 Chair opening remarks
18:05 - 19:00 Panel discussion
19:00 - 19:30 Question and answer session
19:30 - 20:00 Networking and refreshments
Delegates can expect to be better equipped to advise their clients more clearly, be able to deal effectively with the (non-)disclosure of opposing parties, as well as better appreciating their own duties.
It is aimed at family law solicitors at all levels, dealing with matrimonial financial matters.