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Focus Mediation & Pump Court Chambers "Family Finance Update" Seminar - Wednesday 14th November 2018 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, including a debate between two leading barristers on '“This house believe every family case should be in open court: Why are we hiding our decisions behind closed doors?’’ 
 
The seminar is offered Free of Charge and includes 3 useful hours training (CPD qualifying).  
 
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PROGRAMME FOR THE AFTERNOON 

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS 

1.45 – 2.00 Registration with Tea/Coffee 
 
2.00 – 2.40 Applications to Vary/Variation of Maintenance 
Helen Brander 
 
2.40 – 3.25 Financial Update 
Alexandra Gilmore 
 
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 Helen Brander and Tara Lyons 
“This house believe every family case should be in open court: Why are we hiding our decisions behind closed doors?’’ 
For: Helen Brander 
Against: Tara Lyons 
Chair: Recorder Geoffrey Kelly 
 
4.40 – 5.10 The Sharing Principle – where are we now? 
Geoffrey Kelly 
 
5.10 – 5.30 Audience Question Time 
 
5.30 Close 

DIRECTIONS FROM MK STATION 

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. 
 
Address: 
The National Badminton Centre 
Bradwell Road, 
Loughton, 
Milton Keynes, 
MK8 9LA. 
 
(If using SATNAV use alternative postcode MK8 9LG) 
 
 
Download Printable Directions from MK Station HERE >> 
Helen Brander 
Helen provides advice and representation in all aspects of matrimonial and family finance disputes. She often deals with matters involving complex company structures, non-matrimonial property, pre-and post-nuptial agreements (including extra-jurisdictional arrangements), on-and off-shore trusts and complex pension arrangements. She has significant experience in applications for a financial remedy following a foreign divorce. 
 
Alexandra Gilmore 
Alexandra is a family barrister practising in all areas of matrimonial, public and children law. 
 
Alexandra has extensive experience in all areas of family law and is also now a qualified family mediator in the following areas: divorce, separation, children, finances, civil partnerships and cohabitant property disputes. 
 
Tara Lyons 
Tara has significant experience for her call in matrimonial finance and cases concerning financial provision for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 both at first instance and on appeal. She is regularly instructed to deal with complex disputes including cases concerning business interests and pensions, third party intervenors and overseas assets. Tara regularly acts in related matters such as variation of orders, applications to set aside orders, freezing injunctions and enforcement. She drafts both pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements and advises on the same. She also acts in contested divorce matters. She is praised for her robust but sensitive approach to her cases. 
 
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 
We only hold this event once a year. However, if you wish to be added to our mailing list and receive information on our other annual seminars and conferences plus stay up to date with mediation news please email info@focus-mediation.co.uk to be included in our mailing list. 
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