Date: Thursday 11th June 2020
Time: 14:00
Venue: London
Cost: See External CLT website for details

Maria Scotland has teamed up with Central Law Training, providing a three-hour training session on the complex issue of forum shopping in divorce proceedings. The course details are below:

High profile cases such as Mittal v MittalMantegazza v Mantegazza and Villers v Villiers have shone a light on the topic of forum shopping in international divorce proceedings where more than one country may have jurisdiction to deal with a divorce.

In this intermediate-level course, Maria Scotland will examine the current law in relation to forum shopping in the UK and in what circumstances it may arise. The course is suitable for mid-senior level family lawyers but junior family lawyers who want to increase their knowledge of this complex area of law are also encouraged.

Topics that will be considered include:

  • The factors that determine whether an action for divorce (or dissolution of civil partnerships) can be raised in the UK
  • In what circumstances a party may want to consider forum shopping.
  • The importance of jurisdiction
  • The current position in the UK and the EU
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Contesting forum
  • An examination of the recent cases and principles arising out of them.

Maria practices exclusively in family law with a specialism in high end/ big money financial remedy applications and (private law) children work. She accepts instructions to act through a solicitor or directly from members of the public on a Direct Access basis. Maria is the joint head of the Family Team at 5 St Andrew’s Hill.