Live Webinar: Drafting Binding Financial Agreements that Withstand the Test of Time


Date: Friday 28th August 2020
Vic, NSW, Qld, ACT, Tas: 1pm to 2pm 
SA & NT:  12.30pm to 1.30pm 
WA: 11am to 12noon

The Family Law Act 1975 allows couples to enter into financial agreements before, during and following the end of their marriage or de facto relationship concerning division of assets in the event of a separation. However, there is always a potential risk that the financial agreement may be set aside, including where it has failed to meet the legislative requirements or its terms are ambiguous or incomplete. This session provides a practical guide to drafting agreements that are able to withstand both the challenges of a relationship breakdown and the legal scrutiny of the courts, including:

  • Reviewing the legislative requirements for making a financial agreement
  • Drafting appropriate letters of advice
  • The importance of complete financial disclosure from your client
  • Structuring the financial agreement and drafting in clear, unambiguous terms
  • What’s in and what’s out: determining content – property, financial issues, liabilities, proposed division, spousal maintenance claims, children, and pets
  • Incorporating additional complexities: family trusts, family businesses and investments, blended families, taxation implications and superannuation funds
  • Recent cases on financial agreement interpretation, including Warrick v Mia [2018] FamCA 426
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James Steel, Principal & Family Law Accredited Specialist, Barry.Nilsson.Lawyers, Brisbane

James Steel is a principal in the Barry.Nilsson. family Law team, based in Brisbane. He is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist and has practised exclusively in this jurisdiction for more than 15 years.

James is a highly skilled family lawyer with excellent technical skills and practical experience. He specialises in advising both married and de-facto couples on:

  • Complex property cases, including matters involving a large number of corporate entities and trusts
  • Financial agreements, including prenuptial agreements
  • Parenting disputes
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Child support matters
  • International family law disputes.

Since 2016 James has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide as a leading family and divorce lawyer.

Since 2018 James has also been listed in the Australian editions of Best Lawyers for family law.

James is currently the President of the Family Law Practitioners Association of Queensland.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers practising in family law – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.


Registered live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar.  Lawyers can claim up to 1 CPD units/point – substantive law.  This webinar has been designed to run for 1 hour, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion.

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Product Code: RBUAUG20
 Price:   $198.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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