Trust Assets and Divorce – How are they dealt with? 16 March 2022

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STEP Victoria invites you to a seminar presented by John Spender, Principal, Kennedy Partners.

Trusts and related entities regularly intersect with family law property proceedings. A vexed issue is whether the assets of the trusts are assets available for division between the parties.

While it is necessary that one party has some control over the trust for this to occur, control is not always sufficient.

This presentation examines the circumstances where trust assets are considered assets of the parties, or alternatively are considered a financial resource or mere expectancy.

Topics related to trusts, including relief which can be sought under sections 85A and 106B of the Family Law Act, are also dealt with.

Seminar Details

Date: Wednesday 16 March 2022

Time: 12:00 -1:00 pm AEDT

Cost: STEP Members AUD25 | Non-Members AUD100

This event will be delivered online via Zoom Webinar.

John Spender, Principal, Kennedy Partners

John has been practising in family law since 1993. After working in various firms, including a major eastern suburbs law firm in Melbourne, he joined Kennedy Wisewoulds (as the firm then was) in 2007, and became a partner of the firm in 2012.

John has been an accredited family law specialist since 2003. He has been a member of various committees of the Family Law Section of the Law Institute of Victoria since 2003 chairing the Maintenance and Property Sub Committee between 2011 and 2018 and the Courts Practice Committee since 2019. He was a sessional teacher and marker within the family law elective of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Course with the Australian National University between 2011 and 2016.

John is regularly sought out by legal publications and continuing professional development (CPD) providers to contribute to the pool of discussions around the interpretation, and evolving nature, of the court’s approach to resolving family law disputes. He was a consulting editor as to family law precedents for LexisNexis between 2013 and 2015. In June 2019, John co-organised and presented at a family law conference in Malta, involving judicial officers, lawyers and psychologists from each of Malta, Australia and the United States.

John has also been involved in the teaching and marking of family law and ethics at Deakin University since 2021.

As part of John’s membership of committees of the Law Institute of Victoria, he has been involved in law reform. He was the principal author of a submission to the Victorian Attorney-General in 2004 advocating for the registration of same sex relationships, which legislation was enacted in 2008. Again, in 2015, he contributed significantly to a submission to the Commonwealth about proposed amendments to the law concerning financial agreements. By reason of his long involvement in and commitment to the family law community through such committee work, in May 2019 was honoured with a Certificate of Service from the Law Institute of Victoria.

John is well respected throughout the Melbourne family law community for his practice, knowledge, and approach to family law. Since 2016, John has been annually recognised by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession.

John is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria, the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. He has been a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers since 2015.

Please note:

Ticket holders will be provided with instructions on how to view this event online and provided with a code providing access from the time of the event - this link is shared two hours before the event.

There is no option to attend this event in person.

The duration of the webinar is 60 minutes.

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