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Live Online Conferences

Hear from the experts at this online lunchtime conference. You can watch it on your computer or on your portable electronic device from anywhere.

The conference will be based on our highly successful video webinar technology: there'll be a chairperson, presentations and you'll have an opportunity to ask questions via online chat.


Tuesday 28th November 2023
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas: 12 noon to 3.15pm

QLD: 11am to 2:15pm
SA: 11:30am to 2:45pm

NT: 10:30am to 1:45pm
WA: 9am to 12:15pm

About the Online Conference

Session 1: Mind the Tax on the Way Out: Tax and Family Law Property Settlements

The increasing financial complexities of business and holding assets directly impacts family law settlements as parties seek to unravel their arrangements. This session will provide a clear guide to family lawyers on tax implications of property settlements, including:

  • Asset identification and potential impacts
  • Factoring in both immediate and longer-term implications
  • Capital gains tax obligations and exemptions – obtaining the best outcomes for your client
  • Party interests in trusts and companies – what tax considerations apply?
  • Options and consequences where one party has potential tax advantages
  • Avoiding resettlement consequences in trust amendments
  • Share and asset transfers in companies – determining best strategies
  • Factoring in Division 7A implications

Session 2: Unravelling Trusts for Family Lawyers

The increasing use of family trusts for distribution of income has had significant consequences, with the courts more regularly having to consider trusts in property settlements. This session will provide practitioners with guidance on key elements in family trust arrangements and the risks of improper behaviour by trustees and beneficiaries, including:

  • Basic trust principles and what to look for in the trust deed
  • What the financial statements and returns of the trust will tell you
  • Is it an asset or a financial resource? In what circumstances does the court have the power to deal with the trust assets
  • Who controls the trust assets?
  • Key issues in control including:
    • Distinguishing legal control and effective control
    • Sham trusts and mere puppets
    • De facto control
  • When can the court restrain a person from acting against the interests of a beneficiary?
  • What can be done when a trustee is not a party to the marriage but may lack independence?
  • Should the trustee be joined as a party to the dispute?
  • What is the ability of the court to make orders in relation to third parties?
  • Relevant cases and examples

Session 3: Going for Broke: What Family Lawyers Need to Know about Insolvency

It is increasingly common for one or both spouse parties in property settlement proceedings to be directors of a corporate entity – whether it be a ‘mum and dad’ family business or a multi-million dollar empire. A breakdown in the relationship of the parties can have a significant impact on the financial viability of the business (whether intentional or inadvertent), yet the law of insolvency remains a mystery for many family law practitioners. This session aims to demystify insolvency law for family lawyers and will explore the following:

  • The law of insolvent trading - the duty of directors, position of ASIC, potential defences and consequences of insolvent trading
  • The impact of insolvency on the asset pool:
    • Balancing the interests of the non-bankrupt spouse and creditors
    • What orders can be made in respect of property?
    • Treatment of loan accounts
  • Practical steps family lawyers can take if acting for a spouse party director where the other spouse party director is the ‘driving force’ of the entity
  •  When specialist advice or assistance is required - when urgent action is required and when an entity may require separate representation and/or advice
  • Case studies and worked examples

The Faculty

Monica Blizzard, Director & Accredited Family Law Specialist, KHQ Lawyers, Melbourne, Vic (Chair)

Barry Berger, Principal & Accredited Family Law Specialist, Dignity EDR, Melbourne, Vic

Malcolm Gittoes-Caesar, Consultant - Family & Relationship Law, Lander & Rogers, Sydney, NSW

Stephen Mullette, Principal, Matthews Folbigg Lawyers, Parramatta, NSW

CPD Certificate

Delegates registered to attend the LIVE event will receive a CPD certificate for attendance.  Lawyers can claim up to 3 CPD units/points (substantive law

Registration Special Offer

If you register and pay by 10th November 2023 you will pay only $385 – a saving of $165 off the full price conference registration fee of $550.


If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Conference & Event Coordinator, Jason Hooker on (03) 8601 7719 or email:

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