5 Stone Buildings barristers’ recent speaking activities

Our chambers seminar programme for the current legal year ended last month, with our fully-subscribed joint ownership of property seminar on 19 June. We will very shortly be publishing the programme for our Court of Protection seminar in central London on 16 October, and dates of other seminars to be held in the legal year 2018-9. Meanwhile, our members have been busy over the past month with other speaking engagements.

On Wednesday 20 June Ruth Hughes spoke on statutory wills and gifts and contentious deputyships in the Court of Protection at the STEP Sussex summer conference.

On Friday 29 June Alexander Drapkin spoke on the tax efficient settlement of Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claims at the Law Society’s annual Private Client section conference. On the same day, Chris Whitehouse spoke at the STEP tax conference in London

On Tuesday 10 July David Rees QC gave a talk on personal injury trusts to the Brain Injury Group, a national network of dedicated brain injury lawyers and other specialists.

On Monday 16 July, Oliver Marre, who, with Amanda Hardy QC, joined 5 Stone Buildings from specialist tax chambers last year, gave a 3 hour seminar in Manchester on inheritance tax planning for MBL Seminars, as part of an ongoing series. Oliver’s seminar included the following topics:

– Recent tribunal decisions on Business Property Relief
– Maximising claims for Agricultural Property Relief
– Making the most of charitable giving reliefs
– New IHT DOTAS disclosure rules

On Tuesday 17 July, Barbara Rich and Jordan Holland spoke at a joint seminar held by Stone Buildings and Wedlake Bell LLP at Wedlake Bell’s City of London offices. Barbara Rich spoke on the safeguards against financial abuse in lasting powers of attorney and Court of Protection deputyships and on the recent sentencing of a fraudulent care home proprietor, and Jordan Holland spoke on civil proceedings for asset recovery on behalf of an incapacitated person.

On Thursday 19 July Miranda Allardice and Michael O’Sullivan presented a webinar for Solicitors for the Elderly on the subject of “Moving in Together”, discussing problems for cohabitants sharing property in later life.

We look forward to welcoming clients to our Court of Protection seminar in October and to next year’s programme of seminars. We are also always happy to discuss bespoke seminars for firms of solicitors on topics within our members’ fields of practice – please contact our administrator Shona Kelly for further details.