2018 Trust & Estates Litigation Forum

Trust & Estates Litigation Forum 2018

4-6 March 2018
Hôtel Royal
Évian-les-Bains, France

At the Trust & Estates Litigation Forum 2017, attendees gathered from across the globe to the beautiful and sunny Terre Blanche Hotel in Provence. It was our most international delegation to date.

This year we took some time to grapple with issues surrounding confidentiality and the access to information versus the right to privacy and secrecy, particularly in relation to trust proceedings. The room debated and listened to experiences in familiar and the not so familiar jurisdictions, to understand the cross border conflicts that can arise. Experts also discussed the implications of rushing into litigation with the risk of not knowing how actions and advice could play out in other jurisdictions, focusing on self-incrimination, depositions and privilege - it was a vibrant and exciting debate. We also heard from experts who exhibited sophisticated modelling techniques to value tricky assets in the midst of litigation.

The audience listened to some fascinating updates from Sir Richard Aikens on Brexit implications for international litigation. His Honour Denzil Lush and Sir Robert Francis QC also discussed key developments in the Court of Protection and capacity. The Forum immensely benefits from the selection of interactive breakout sessions that are hosted by our speakers, allowing for more depth of detail and conversation. Sessions on criminal law, fraudulent fiduciaries and government interferences in testamentary freedoms (amongst several others) were hosted and brought with the much debate.

We witnessed a live hack which shocked us all as to the realities of website hacking and data protection paired with the admissibility of hacked information in court proceedings. Our third and final day was hosted by Mary Duke, family wealth advisor who led some fascinating self-analysis on why we fight and conflict styles. It was an eye-opener for all.

The Forum also catered for the extra-curricular, with plenty of opportunities to network and engage outside of the conference room. Dune buggy rides, Provencal watercolour painting and tennis gave attendees the opportunity to network in style. These unorthodox settings allow for great ideas to flow and for new conversations to be had.

Legal Week prides itself on always striving to make each year better than the last. Our most important contributions come from our attendees and we value your support in making each year a success. We are already in the process of planning out 2018 Forum so please do send us your ideas by clicking on the following link legalweekconference@alm.com 

Registration is now open for the 2018 forum - CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION.

Rhiannon Van Ross
Director of Strategic Projects | ALM - International Division