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Focus Mediation & Pump Court Chambers "Family Finance Update" Seminar - 21 November 2017 at the National Badminton Centre in Milton Keynes 1.45pm to 5.30pm 

Focus Mediation is delighted to announce its annual family law update run in collaboration with Pump Court Chambers. 
We will have our usual financial update, but this year we have added two new items: a debate between two leading barristers on 'All contributions are equal but some are more equal than others', and a talk on 'How to put the other side at risk on costs'. 
Delicious cream teas will be served in the interval. The seminar is offered Free of Charge and 3 useful hours training. What's not to like?! 
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1.45 – 2.00 Registration with Tea/Coffee 
2.00 – 2.40 Setting aside Financial Orders 
Leslie Samuels QC 
2.40 – 3.25 Financial Update 
Geoffrey Kelly 
3.25 – 3.50 Cream Teas and Coffee 
3.50 – 4.00 Update on the World of Mediation 
Mary Banham-Hall 
4.00 – 4.40 Debate between Leslie Samuels QC and Annie Ward 
‘All contributions are equal but some are more equal than others’ 
This house believes special contributions should be recognised in financial awards. 
For: Leslie Samuels QC 
Against: Annie Ward 
Judge: Recorder Kelly 
4.40 – 5.10 Preparation for trial and tactical considerations in FR claims including ‘How to put the other side at risk as to costs’ 
Simon Purkis 
5.10 – 5.30 Audience Question Time 
5.30 Close 


Walk out of the station, turn left and walk alongside the office building. 
• When you get to the end of the office building turn left and there should be some stairs on the left 20m in front of you down to a car park. 
• At bottom of stairs bear right and walk up the car park. 
• Go all the way to the end of the car park and on the left side take the footpath. 
• At the end of the footpath turn left and continue. (You should walk over the railway/dual carriageway). 
• At the end of the footpath bear right and on the right is Brignell Croft. 
• Walk down the close to the end and there is a footpath which leads to 
Bradwell Road. 
• Turn right at the end and walk under the road bridge. 
• You should now be able to see the Badminton Centre on your right. 
Sounds a little complicated but it really isn’t. 
It will probably be a 20 minute walk or 10 minutes by car or taxi. 
The National Badminton Centre 
Bradwell Road, 
Milton Keynes, 
MK8 9LA. 
(If using SATNAV use alternative postcode MK8 9LG) 
Download Printable Directions from MK Station HERE >> 
Leslie Samuels QC 
Leslie has a substantial financial remedies practice, both as a Junior and now in Silk (appointed 2011). His experience as a Deputy District Judge and a Recorder hearing financial cases at the Principal Registry of the Family Division (now the Central Family Court) is invaluable in advising and representing clients in this complex area. In 2016 he was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge. Recent cases include: 
‘Big money’ cases where the assets values have exceeded £10m; cases where there are substantial business assets requiring an analysis of company accounts and expert valuation evidence; cases where the assets include substantial farm land or other inherited wealth; cases where one or both parties have significant trust assets; cases where there are high value pensions on one or both sides; situations where urgent applications are required including freezing injunctions and search (Anton Pillar) Orders. 
Leslie is ranked as a leading Silk for Children and Money work in all recent Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories. 
Annie Ward 
Annie specialises in medium to big money cases that involve issues such as financial conduct, overseas and domestic trusts, third party property interests, company shares and share options, family businesses, and inherited wealth. Annie will get involved in cases at any stage of litigation and also in the context of mediation. She regularly appears in the Family Division on children matters. 
Simon Purkis 
Simon provides advice and represents his clients in all aspects of family law including the financial aspects of divorce, and both private and public law children matters. His financial work includes cases with a wide range of assets including business entities and trusts. He regularly deals with residence, contact and care proceedings concerning children and issues of serious domestic violence. 
Geoffrey Kelly 
Geoffrey’s reputation is founded on many years of experience in resolving family finance issues. In particular, he deals with financial remedies upon divorce or dissolution of civil partnerships, applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, property disputes between cohabitees and disputes regarding children. 
Ranked as a leading junior in Chambers and Partners where he has been described as “particularly experienced in financial work for high net worth individuals and often undertakes work involving complex business structures and trusts. He is always well prepared and can see the bigger picture without getting bogged down in minutiae. He is a convincing advocate.” Geoffrey regularly appears in the Central Family Court and local County Courts. 
Mary Banham-Hall 
Mary Banham-Hall, Mediator and Solicitor, is the Managing Director of Focus Mediation, which she set up in 1999 long before mediation was fashionable. She is an evangelist for ADR – in the right cases. Mary is an experienced Family and Civil mediator and one of the first 100 Collaborative Lawyers in the country. She consults with children in mediation and has developed the One Day Model of mediation for family cases, so clients can mediate with their lawyers alongside and achieve a binding deal in one day. Mary’s family team of highly trained mediators work throughout Bucks, Beds, Herts, Oxon, London and the Thames Valley, with a parallel team of civil mediators covering a wider region. Focus aims to be a centre of excellence and to spear-head innovative ways of mediating that work well professionally and add value for clients. 
The National Badminton Centre 
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