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Divorce: pre-nups, pandemics and other legal changes

Family law, and specifically divorce law, as with all other aspects of life, have been significantly impacted by recent events. We discussed those changes and how these are affecting our clients in a webinar with a couple of the family lawyers at Stewarts,.
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Published 3 June
45 mins

Family law and divorce law specifically, as with all other aspects of life, have been significantly impacted by recent events, including the COVID-19 pandemic. We discussed what those changes have been and how these are affecting our clients – both at Nedbank Private Wealth and at Stewarts – a legal team we work with and the UK’s leading litigation-only law firm. We also flag what else is on the horizon, not least the upcoming introduction of ‘no fault’ divorce, which is expected to come into effect in Autumn 2021 for England and Wales.

Huw Williams, Private Banker at Nedbank Private Wealth, was joined by:
• Richard Hogwood – Partner, Divorce and Family – Stewarts
• Jenny Duggan – Senior Associate, Divorce and Family – Stewarts

Please watch our 45 minute webinar, which included Jenny and Richard responding to questions posed by our audience at the time.

Note: since the webinar was recorded, the date for the ‘no fault’ divorce law coming into effect has been moved to 6 April 2022.

This webinar is the third and final webinar in our series focusing on divorce.

You can catch up on our previous webinars, Managing your finances around a divorce and Divorce: beyond the financial and legal ramifications, on demand on this website via the provided links.

Clients of Nedbank Private Wealth can get in touch with their private banker directly to understand how wealth planning can help them achieve their financial goals and objectives, or call +44 (0)1624 645000 to speak to our client services team.

 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you with wealth planning support, please contact us on the same number as above, or complete the contact us form using the link below.

Any examples of investments and structures used are for illustrative purposes only. This webinar does not constitute an invitation or inducement to buy any financial investment or service. None of the content constitutes advice or a personal recommendation. Individuals should seek professional advice, based on their jurisdiction and personal circumstances, before making any financial decision.

about the presenters

Huw Williams

Huw Williams

Huw joined the London team in 2017 from Duncan Lawrie and has over three decades of private banking experience. Having started his career with NatWest, he spent 14 years at Grindlays Private Bank before joining Butterfield Private Bank for 12 years in 2004.

 

As a trusted adviser to his loyal and long-standing high-net-worth client base, Huw is passionate about delivering exceptional client service dovetailed with a full range of holistic private banking services. These include identifying wealth management requirements and offering integrated banking, lending, investment management and fiduciary services.

 

He is a Chartered Wealth Manager and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Richard Hogwood

Richard Hogwood

Richard focuses particularly on negotiating the financial aspects of divorce (and civil partnership dissolution), separation and preparing pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

 

Often, these matters will have an international element and, with pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements especially, Richard is accustomed to liaising with lawyers in several different jurisdictions. Reflective of his private client background, Richard is also regularly involved in cases involving complex tax and trust issues.

 

Richard graduated from Oxford University (1997). Upon qualification in 2001, he practised initially as a corporate tax lawyer at Slaughter and May before moving to Speechly Bircham (now Charles Russell Speechlys) as a private client tax and trusts lawyer (and subsequently as a family lawyer). He joined Stewarts in May 2011. The Legal 500 has described Richard as “ferociously clever and very solution focused”. 

Richard can be contacted by email at rhogwood@stewartslaw.com.

Jenny Duggan

Jenny Duggan

Jenny has extensive experience in a wide range of high-value cases including those in which orders for interim maintenance, inspection and disclosure orders have been successfully obtained. Jenny also specialises in children matters (involving contact arrangements and applications for leave permanently to remove children from this jurisdiction) and cases in which non-molestation and occupation orders are required. In addition, Jenny regularly works on cases involving the drafting of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

 

Jenny graduated from the University of Cambridge with a first class degree in Social and Political Sciences before working in the Constitution Directorate at the Ministry of Justice. After completing her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course in London she trained at Manches, qualifying into the family department in September 2011. Jenny joined Stewarts in October 2012.

Jenny can be contacted by email at jduggan@stewartslaw.com.

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