28 September 2021

Michael Armstrong and Robert Linden Laird Craig join Constance McDonnell QC to examine predatory marriage at ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorce panel

Private Client Senior Associate, Michael Armstrong, and Knowledge Development Lawyer, Robert Linden Laird Craig, have been invited to join Constance McDonnell QC of Serle Court at ThoughtLeaders4 HNW Divorces' upcoming panel discussion entitled 'Predatory Marriage: Protecting Vulnerable Clients, and Hopes for Reform'.

A predatory marriage occurs where a vulnerable person is induced to marry by someone seeking to inherit his or her estate or otherwise gain some financial advantage. A marriage by a person lacking capacity is not void from the outset, so can wreak havoc with his or her estate planning.

The ThoughtLeaders4 panel will address:

  • The current legal position and its impact on vulnerable clients.
  • The steps advisors should take when a vulnerable client is identified as being at risk of a predatory marriage.
  • The options available to the families of vulnerable individuals, both before and after a predatory marriage occurs.
  • How the Family Division’s inherent jurisdiction to protect vulnerable persons can be of assistance.
  • The nature of the reforms proposed by Fabien Hamilton MP in light of his constituent Joan Blass’s case.
  • The need for both reform of the law and for better processes and procedures when registering marriages.

The discussion will take place on 1 October at 12pm. You can register to attend here.

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