Harrogate makes its mark for the annual gathering of International Family Lawyers

13 September 2011

Jane Keir and I have just returned from the Silver Jubilee meeting of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML) . While normally the conferences are held in exotic destinations such as Singapore or Buenos Aires, fortunately (or rather unfortunately) this year we only had to drive up the A1 to North Yorkshire.

With over 230 delegates from across the globe we enjoyed an interesting series of seminars and lectures, with many distinguished speakers including Baroness Hale from the Supreme Court , and other judges, academics and lawyers. Baroness Hale’s paper considered whether marriage was a contract or status and she commented upon the increasing call for prenups (she gave the dissenting judgment in the Supreme Court decision in Radmacher v Granatino).

With so many delegates from all round the world, who are there to socialise and meet lawyers from other countries, the best fun was to be had in the restaurants and bars of York and Harrogate - apparently the conference clashed with the annual wedding fair in Harrogate so I suspect there would have been many a lawyer willing to offer some advice on pre-nups!

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