Family Law

Drafting Family Agreements

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Drafting Family Agreements; Separation and Pre/Post Nuptial

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Speaker: Tom Quail


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3hrs CPD

The drafting or preparation of a Separation Agreement represents the beginning of the end of perhaps lengthy and detailed negotiations between solicitors or at mediation. It is therefore of the utmost importance that solicitors exercise caution and meticulously consider the finer points of what will represent a legally binding agreement between the parties.

Pre Nuptial and Post Nuptial Agreements are also becoming increasingly common in providing protection to the owner of a family business and the family business itself. Such agreements are also common for high net worth individuals who wish some form of protection if the relationship breaks down.

In all the above types of agreements there are numerous pitfalls and areas of risk to be considered at the point of drafting: This seminar will explore these in depth and provide tips for best practice.

The seminar will explore the following issues:-

  • The objectives of the agreements
  • The benefits of such agreements
  • The contingencies that the agreements should cover
  • The risks of the agreements( including pension sharing clauses)
  • What should be included and what should not be included in the agreements.
  • In addition to the content covered you will also be provided with styles of these agreements for your reference.

    This seminar will be of interest to solicitors who specialise in family law, but equally could appeal to those who include family law as part of their general practice.

    Tom Quail is Head of the Family Law Group at Wright Johnston and Mackenzie and is a Family Law Expert who has been involved in Family Law at a high level for over 20 years.  Tom is accredited as a specialist in family law, a trained Mediator and a Solicitor Advocate. 

    Tom has spoken at Family Law Conferences over the past 10 years to experienced family lawyers and has had articles published in law journals.  Most recently, Tom had an article published this month in the Journal on the Scottish Law Commission is “Discussion paper on Cohabitation” and also this month had an article published on the online Journal for advice to separating couples in the face of COVID-19 which was co-written with a Clinical Psychologist.