Nuptial agreements: Place of preference

Emily Finn considers the approach of the courts to choice of law clauses in nuptial agreements If nuptial agreements are usually binding in the parties’ chosen jurisdiction, that should act as a strong indication to the court in England and Wales that parties intend to be bound by the terms, including a choice of law …
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Pre-nuptial agreements: Silver solutions

Julian Hawkhead and Cheryl Grace ask whether pre-nuptial agreements have finally come of age ‘For those over the age of 65 who have built up their pensions over a long working life and entirely prior to marriage, it will be of great importance to them to ensure that there is clarity as to how their …
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Pre-nuptial agreements: Agreeing to disagree

Vikkie Chetcuti examines case law developments on pre-nuptial agreements, in particular as to legal advice, jurisdiction clauses, needs and sharing, in the post-Radmacher era ‘In Brack the Court of Appeal grappled with the issue of whether the mere existence of a valid pre-nuptial agreement meant the court was constrained as a matter of course from …
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Pre-nups and private client: Take note

Mark Pawlowski considers a recent decision on the enforceability of pre-nuptial agreements ‘It was essential that both parties should have entered into the agreement of their own free will without undue influence, fraud or misrepresentation, and with a full appreciation of its implications.’ The recent Court of Appeal decision in Versteegh v Versteegh [2018] has …
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KA v MA
 [2018] EWHC 499 (Fam)

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Spring 2018 #171

When the parties met in July 2000, they had both been previously married. In the husband’s case, a difficult divorce caused him to set his face against remarriage. He had three sons who spent significant periods of time with their father in a substantial property near Reading (Property G) which had a value of £3.35m. He (together with his brother) had a successful business in international travel and tourism, owning 51% of the shares in the company valued at £30m. The wife, who had no children, had two rented properties with a combined equity of £245,615. By the time she moved into Prope...

Financial Provision: Eyes front

Ayesha Vardag and John Oxley analyse the latest judgment in Chai v Peng, and the court’s approach to the law in a connected jurisdiction ‘The UK has clearly avoided European laws that allow for the application of foreign law in English courts, but the approach of judges has not always been consistent.’ The decision in …
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International Focus: Le même mais différent

Izzy Walsh and Floriane Laruelle compare the contrat de mariage with prenuptial agreements ‘The French court has no discretion to strike down a contrat de mariage simply on the basis of it being unfair or unjust, and as a result, the formalities for it to be considered a binding contract are much stricter than in …
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International Focus: Well-prepared

Suzanne Kingston reviews recent developments in the courts’ approach to marital agreements ‘Where a pre-nuptial agreement has a clear purpose, and that purpose is understood by both parties (who have received advice and have an understanding what they are agreeing to give up), it is more likely to be upheld.’ If 2016 taught us anything …
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International Focus: Overseas influence

Philippa Hewitt explores the impact of Radmacher on the approach to marital agreements in Hong Kong ‘In Hong Kong, the wording of the relevant matrimonial legislation is very similar to that of England and Wales and, for that reason, the courts tend to look to English case law to assist in interpreting that law.’ Prior …
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Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Turning of the tide

Suzanne Todd and Luca Del Panta examine the future of pre-nups in the light of the Law Commission’s report ‘“Needs” in the context of a pre-nuptial agreement can be significantly less than they would otherwise be. But where the guillotine falls in any given case is intensely fact-specific.’ When, in October 2010, the Supreme Court …
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