2017 Update: Nuptial Agreements & Spousal Maintenance

Join Gwyn Evans and Estelle Lear of the Tanfield Private Client Group to discuss nuptial agreements and spousal maintenance. Email events@tanfieldchambers.co.uk to reserve your place.

The seminar consists of two 30 minute sessions covering the following information:

A Meal Ticket for Life?

The issue of spousal maintenance can generate a lot of heat (and correspondence) on both sides of a divorce.  In this seminar Gwyn Evans considers recent case-law, including guidance distilled from the higher courts by Mostyn J in SS v NS (Spousal Maintenance) [2014] EWHC 4183 (Fam) and by Moylan J in BD v FD (Financial Remedies: Needs) [2016] EWHC 594 (Fam). 

Gwyn will offer practical tips for making or defending a spousal maintenance claim, quantifying need, dealing with bonuses, capitalising claims, extending terms, grappling with ‘cohabitation’ and obtaining legal services payment orders and maintenance pending suit.

Nuptial Agreements - A Whistlestop Tour

With the dust having settled from Radmacher v Granatino [2010] UKSC 42, how should you be advising clients who ask about drafting pre-nuptial agreements?  What about relationships with a foreign element?  Is it possible to draft a nuptial agreement at the eleventh hour? Estelle Lear analyses the approach of the courts in WW v HW [2015] EWHC 1844 (Fam), Luckwell v Limata [2014] EWHC 502 (Fam), AH v PH [2014] 2 FLR 251, SA –v- PA [2014] 2 FLR 1028 and other key cases.  Estelle also offers guidance for advising clients who later allege an agreement is unfair: what factors affect whether the agreement will be upheld or not by a court?  

Date and Timings

Wednesday 10th May 2017

  • Registration  at 18:00
  • Topic One: Spousal Maintenance at 18:15
  • Topic Two: Nuptial Agreements at 18:45
  • Networking Drinks from 19:15


Tanfield Chambers

2-5 Warwick Court