Webinar – Trusts under attack – are your structures protected on divorce?

Date: Thursday 18 April | Time: 9.30am GMT | Virtual Event: Register

Divorce can be a challenging journey, but with robust strategies, you can safeguard your assets and pave the way for a secure future. Join us for a webinar where legal experts, Ruben Sinha, Partner of JMW Solicitors LLP and Stuart Stobie, Managing Director of Sovereign Corporate & Trustee Services, share invaluable insights and real-world case studies on divorce, asset protection, and trusts.

Key topics that will be explored include:

  1. Trust ‘stress testing’ essentials: Understand the critical importance of regularly reviewing your trust arrangements. Learn how to ensure your trusts align with your evolving needs and offer maximum protection during life’s transitions.
  2. Caught in the crossfire: Discover the pivotal role trustees play in asset protection during divorce. Gain insights into selecting and managing trustees effectively to safeguard your wealth.
  3. Business succession planning: Navigate the complexities of business ownership and divorce. Consider robust strategies for business succession planning within the context of asset protection and divorce proceedings.
  4. Real-world case studies: Delve into practical, real-world scenarios that showcase successful asset protection strategies. Uncover the secrets to securing your financial future through the experiences of others.

Meet Our Experts:

Ruben of JMW Solicitors LLP
Ruben is a Partner and lawyer at JMW in Manchester specialising in complex international family and asset protection advice. Prior to joining JMW, he spent most of his career in top ranked family teams at leading City and international law firms in both London and Hong Kong. He has been included and recognised in the leading legal directories for a number of years and was most recently described in Chambers HNW as ‘extremely good; very bright, very thorough and easy to deal with’ and ‘absolutely top notch’.

He advises both on protecting wealth and all issues following divorce and separation. He focuses on advising high and ultra-high net worth clients in financial cases often involving offshore trusts, corporate structures and substantial family wealth. He works with a range of clients from entrepreneurs and business owners to professional trustees and family offices based across Manchester and the North, London and internationally.

He has significant experience advising on trusts (particularly offshore) in the context of divorce. He regularly acts for divorcing beneficiaries or their spouses who may be attacking or defending trusts. He is also one of the few family lawyers who routinely advises professional trustees and other fiduciaries within divorce proceedings.

He often advises high-profile families in sensitive matters where discretion is key. During 2021/2022, he acted for Sir Frederick Barclay in his successful defence of committal proceedings following his widely publicised divorce from Lady Barclay in one of the largest and most complex cases to have come before the English courts. He has also acted in a number of other reported cases, some of which have shaped the law in this area.

Stuart Stobie
Stuart has accumulated 25 years of experience in the trust and fiduciary business sector. His journey commenced in Hong Kong alongside Grant Thornton, and subsequently, he became an integral part of Sovereign, driving business growth across Asia and being appointed Managing Director, before transitioning to Gibraltar.

After a successful tenure as the Managing Director of Sovereign’s Gibraltar head-office, Stuart’s path led him to Zurich, where he became associated with Coutts Bank. There, he served as a private banker on their Asia desk. Eventually, he returned to the United Kingdom, where he contributed his expertise to a venture capital enterprise. In 2018, he reconnected with Sovereign, this time stationed at the Wirral office which has recently relocated to Chester’s Coachworks. As Managing Director of Sovereign Corporate and Trustee Services Ltd, his responsibilities centre around business development in the North, with a particular focus on corporate and trust work.

Stuart’s professional journey has afforded him membership in STEP. His diverse background in the financial and fiduciary domain equips him to tackle a wide array of challenges and devise solutions for his clients and collaborators.

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals with existing trusts
  • Business owners navigating divorce
  • Those seeking to implement asset protection strategies

Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity on how to navigate divorce confidently and protect your family wealth. Reserve your spot today and embark on the path to a secure financial future.

About Sovereign Corporate & Trustee Services (SCATS)

Sovereign Corporate & Trustee Services (SCATS) has its offices at Coachworks Arcade in Chester city centre. SCATS is a subsidiary of the Sovereign Group, which began in Gibraltar in 1987 and has since grown into one of the largest independent providers of corporate, private client, retirement planning, insurance and tax services, with 23 offices globally.

SCATS, with its entrepreneurial culture, is well versed in structuring solutions for clients including those seeking a wide range of solutions. Furthermore, with our exceptional breadth, experience and depth of technical knowledge, we act as corporate trustees for a variety of trusts including Employee Ownership Trusts.

Sovereign Corporate and Trustee Services offer a complete, complementary suite of services:

  • Employee Incentive Schemes
  • Company incorporation and administration
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, payroll
  • Establishment and administration of Trusts
  • Market entry
  • Business expansion
  • Tax planning
  • Succession planning to internationally mobile families and entrepreneurs
  • HR and Insurance Services
  • Banking introductions, visa services
  • Retirement planning

About JMW Solicitors
JMW is an award-winning full-service law firm established over 40 years ago. We are renowned throughout the UK for our expertise in achieving positive outcomes for our clients, both businesses and individuals.

Client excellence is at the heart of our firm: no matter who you are, where you live or what legal service you require, we have the depth and breadth of experience to deliver solutions that work for you. We are the legal experts you need in your corner.

Family Team
Our specialist family lawyers help to demystify the legalities of the family law system and will help you navigate complex family law issues. We will break down every aspect of your case, explain the process in simple, jargon-free terms and give you clear and strategic advice on what to do next.

Our family solicitors focus on developing a strong strategy from the outset, making full use of our extensive expertise. Our national reach and positive foreign relations mean we are well placed to help from all over the country and deal with cases with an international element.

Our family law experts are based in offices in Manchester, Liverpool and London; we can assist you wherever you are in the country.

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