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This activity has assisted other people in the following competencies: Working with other people, Managing yourself and your own work, Technical legal practice

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Make the most of limited resources and resolve cases quickly and effectively.

The ‘average money’ case - middle income and modest capital - poses particular challenges to the family lawyer. What counts as ‘average’ may vary, but the fundamental issue is that there isn’t enough money to go around easily. Nevertheless, it is often more junior lawyers who deal with the management of these cases.

This workshop takes you through the whole process of dealing with a financial remedy case from the preparation of the Form E, analysis of the 'usual' financial disclosure, through to preparing the negotiation correspondence to settle the case and avoid a final hearing.
What You Will Learn: • How to fund the average case post LASPO • Dispute Resolution options - how and when to use voluntary disclosure, mediation, collaborative law and arbitration • How to manage the client's expectations from first instruction onwards • How to apply Section 25 Matrimonial Causes Act criteria • Analysing financial disclosure • How to identify and narrow issues prior to the First Directions Appointment • Instructing experts, how and when to do so, looking at valuation of the property and instruction of the pension expert • Approaches for dealing with pensions and maintenance • Negotiation handling

This Course is Designed for:

Lawyers in their first few years of practice | Paralegals | Trainees | Legal Executives


Mena Ruparel

is a specialist family law solicitor, she regularly writes, exams and trains on family law subjects. She has a portfolio career and is a member the Law Society family committee, the Resolution equality, diversity and inclusion committee, she is also a member of the independent reference group at the National Crime agency. She has co-authored How to be an ethical solicitor, The Unbundling family legal services toolkit and authored the Matrimonial finance toolkit published by the Law Society.

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