Private Client

The Private Client & Family Law Conference

May 5th 2022

Virtual Seminar

The Private Client & Family Law Conference

May 5th 2022

1:30 - 5:30pm

Speakers: Alan Eccles; Tom Quail

Virtual Seminar

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4hrs CPD

In legal practice, private client and family law work can often cross over and in many cases require a joined-up approach in order to deliver the best outcome. In this conference delivered by Tom Quail, Head of Family Law at Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP and Alan Eccles, partner, private client at Bannatyne Kirkwood France & Co, delegates will benefit from an in depth look at topical issues which traverse both areas of law and discuss specific points which may require a collaborative approach.

Tom will cover the following topics:-

  • In relation to the sharing of matrimonial property, issues which require to be considered in relation to unequal sharing, including changes in business structures and their impact on matrimonial property;
  • An overview on the law in relation to financial claims by cohabitating couples; and
  • Issues that require to be considered in connection with the drafting of Separation and Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements.
  •  Alan will cover the following issues:- 

  • Wills and succession planning points for different family relationships: individuals, married and cohabiting couples, children from different relationships and disinheritance of family members.
  • Wills and succession planning points for different assets types: houses, bank and investment accounts, business interests including legal rights and survivorship issues.
  • It’s not all about wills… what other succession planning tools need to be remembered? And the ‘most valuable assets we don’t think about’: death benefits.
  • It’s not all about death: an update on powers of attorney.
  • In addition both speakers will be available to discuss your own particular situations.

    The event begins at 1:30pm. Delegate registration is open from 1pm.

    Alan's work covers three main areas: charities, private client and parliamentary matters.

    Alan's private client work covers estate planning including wills, executries, trusts and inheritance tax. He is the author of the Scotland chapter in the textbook International Succession. As part of his private client advice Alan often advises on incapacity law (powers of attorney, court appointed guardianship and other methods of managing the affairs of those less able to do so). This has involved acting in some of the leading Sottish cases on incapacity law and estate and succession planning. A regular commentator on incapacity law matters, Alan's written work has been referred to in judicial decision making. Of Alan's private client work, the Legal 500 notes that he "conveys complicated legal concepts with clarity and humour".

    He was previously a member of the legal staff at the Scottish Law Commission and currently lectures at the University of Strathclyde in property, trusts and charities. Alan has also tutored private client law at the University of Glasgow.

    Alan was a member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland from 2007 to 2009 and the Society's Education and Training Committee from 2007 to 2012. He is currently a member of the Society's Charity Law and Mental Health and Disability Law Committees.

    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.