Modern Families: Current Challenges, Equal Rights and Ways to Protect their Wealth


from March 31 to April 01, 2022

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  • 2022-03-31 08:30:00 2022-04-01 18:00:00 Europe/London Modern Families: Current Challenges, Equal Rights and Ways to Protect their Wealth LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM UIA
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Seminar presented by the UIA in collaboration with the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society, with the support of the Law Society of England and Wales


In the ever changing modern landscape, families in the 21st century are shaped by multiple trends and lifestyles. Same sex marriages, gender identity, single parenthood, surrogacy, fertility treatments and international adoption are changing the structures of what was historically deemed a “traditional family”.

The “modern family” requires significant attention for its ever changing progression. The rights to form a family and the rights to marriage and parenthood differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, leading concernedly to lack of protection of the identity of children and adults. 

The law is not changing at the same speed as our society in all jurisdictions and the lack of consistency on the recognition of family rights is leading to lack of international legal security and more concerning, forum shopping. The current political atmosphere is not assisting on adapting our legal systems with the current society’s demands. The current global crisis is building barriers which are standing in the way of adapting to the recent requirements of the “modern family”.

Together with our family rights as individuals we need to take into consideration the protection of the family’s assets in an international modern family. Heirs have different status depending on whether there is a will and/or what jurisdiction would determine the legacy. These families require help for planning their futures concerning the international aspects of their families and businesses worldwide.

The family lawyer has also felt the need to modernise. Social media impacts relationships and self-identity as well as the ways of producing evidence in the family courts globally. Technology is starting to behave in intelligent and unpredictable ways that even its creators do not understand. The authenticity of evidence in family proceedings is a current professional challenge as social media goes beyond the control of the court’s powers.

With the legal framework only just catching up with the 21st century, the UIA in collaboration with The Law Society of England and Wales and The City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society invites you to this unmissable seminar titled “Modern Families: Current Challenges, Equal Rights and Ways to Protect their Wealth”.

This seminar will be held and presented by an insightful and interactive panel of family lawyers, private practitioners and other professionals from all over the world. Included amidst the talks is an exciting social programme, including numerous networking opportunities in London historical buildings like the House of Lords, the Supreme Court, the Middle Temple Inn and The Law Society of England and Wales. 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to London!

For more information or if you are interested in joining the event as a speaker, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Organising Committee

  • Organising Committee

    Daniela HORVITZ LENNON President of the UIA Family Law Commission and Secretary of Insolvency Commission, Horvitz & Cia, Santiago de Chile, Chile
    Carolina MARÍN PEDREÑO President of Human Rights Commission and Vice President of Family Law Commission, Dawson Cornwell Solicitors, London, United Kingdom
    Davide PIAZZONI Secretary of the UIA Family Law Commission, Studio Legale Ruo Piazzoni, Rome, Italy


  • Charles Russell Speechlys




Charles Russell Speechlys offices
5 Fleet Place,
EC4M 7RD London



  • On or before February 28: € 320
  • From March 1: € 370


  • On or before February 28: € 270
  • From March 1: € 320


  • On or before February 28: € 370
  • From March 1: € 420


  • On or before February 28: € 320
  • From March 1: € 370

* Please attach proof of age to the registration form to benefit from young lawyers fee

Fees include:
• Attendance at all working sessions
• Seminar documentation
• Welcome cocktail on March 30
• Coffee breaks on March 31 & April 1
• Lunch on March 31 & April 1

The dinner on Friday, April 1 is optional and at additional charge.

Please note that the number of places at the seminar is limited. The organisers reserve the right to refuse registrations in the event of excess applications.

In order for your name to appear in the list of participants, which will be distributed during the seminar, your registration form must be received by March 24 at the latest. An updated electronic list will be sent by email to all the participants after the seminar.


Every participant attending the seminar will receive a “Certificate of Participation” at the end of the event that may be to obtain “Credits” for “Continuing Legal Education”- “Continuing Professional Development” purposes, depending on national rules.  For more information, please contact the UIA.


The working language will be English.


Each participant should make his/her own arrangements for hotel accommodation in London. The seminar venue is  located on 5 Fleet Place, EC4M 7RD in London. We recommend that you proceed with your reservations as soon as possible. A few hotel suggestions nearby are:

  • Premier Inn London Farrington (Smithfield) Hotel 6 min walking from seminar venue
  • Premier Inn London Blackfriars (Fleet Street) Hotel 5 min walking from the seminar venue
  • Apex Temple Court Hotel 6 to 8 min. walking from the seminar venue
  • Club Quarters Hotel, St Pauls, London 5 minutes walking from the seminar venue
  • Premier Inn London Holborn Hotel 18 minutes walking from the seminar venue

In London, let's keep up the good work!

A health protocol will allow you to participate in the seminar in complete safety:

- UIA will ask each participant for a vaccination certificate or a negative PCR/antigen test less than 48 hours old to enter the seminar venue.

- Masks must be worn throughout the seminar area, in the session room and during the social activities.

- In the session room, UIA will enforce social distancing.

- Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance to the room and will be available in the busy areas of the seminar.

UIA has been regularly monitoring the health situation in London. You can also find out more by visiting the UK Government website here.

The health of our participants remains our top priority.


All cancellations will be subject to a 50% deduction and will have to be sent in writing, to be received by the Union Internationale des Avocats no later than February 28, 2022. No refund will be made for cancellations received after this date.

For any cancellation of onsite participation after February 28, 2022, a credit voucher or a full refund of the registration fees* will be offered in the following cases:

• if you test positive for Covid-19 less than 14 days before the Seminar (a medical certificate or a proof of positive test result will be required);
• border shutdown by Spanish government or by your country’s government;
• if country where you live is under lockdown.

For any other reason, the standard cancellation policy will apply.

(*) If you wish, part of the amount paid for the seminar can be carried forward to another UIA event or refunded.

Should the onsite seminar be cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns, participants will be able to request a credit voucher or a full refund of their registration fees.

If a virtual alternative is offered, part of the amount paid for the onsite seminar can be used for the virtual seminar. The remaining amount can be carried forward to another UIA event or refunded.

Anyone who requires a visa invitation letter in order to attend the seminar should register and pay their registration fees no later than February 28, 2022 to ensure there is enough time to obtain a visa.

All cancellations will be refunded in full, minus €50 + VAT to cover administrative costs, provided that the UIA has received the registration documents and total registration fees no later than February 28, 2022.

If you register after this date, only 50% of the amount paid minus €50 + VAT to cover administrative costs will be refunded for cancellations due to visa refusals.

All cancellations due to a visa refusal must be sent in writing and reach the UIA before the seminar. Cancellations must be accompanied by a proof of visa refusal. 
If your visa is issued after the seminar date or if you do not have proof of visa refusal, you will not be entitled to a refund.


All registrations received by the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) along with the full payment of fees corresponding to the events selected will be confirmed in writing.

The UIA reserves the right to cancel or postpone the seminar to a later date, change the seminar venue and/or programme, make any corrections or modifications in the information published in the seminar programme and cancel any invitation to participate in the seminar, at any time and at their entire discretion, without having to provide any reasons for the same.
Neither the UIA, nor any of its managers, employees, agents, members or representatives shall be held responsible for any loss or damage, of any nature, suffered (directly or indirectly) by a delegate, accompanying person or a third party following any cancellations, changes, postponements or modifications.
The UIA strongly advises participants to subscribe to modifiable and/or refundable services, as well as to take out a cancellation insurance.

Neither the UIA, nor any of its managers, employees, agents, members or representatives shall be held responsible for any loss or damage, of any nature whatever, suffered (directly or indirectly) by a delegate or accompanying person, except in case of death or personal injury due to gross negligence by the UIA.

The contractual relations between the UIA and each participant (delegate or accompanying person) in relation to the seminar are subject to French law and jurisdiction, to the exclusion of any other law. Paris is the city of jurisdiction.

It is the responsibility of participants to ensure compliance with police, customs and health formalities for their journey. Participants unable to take part in the seminar because of their inability to take a flight or any other means of transportation due to being unable to provide the documents required (passport, visa, vaccination certificate, etc.) cannot claim any reimbursement.

“Force majeure” means any events external to the parties, of both an unforeseeable and insurmountable nature that prevents either the client or the participants, or the agency or service providers involved in organising the seminar, from executing all or part of the obligations provided for in the present agreement. By express agreement, such will be the case in the event of a strike affecting the means of transport, hotel staff, air traffic controllers, an insurrection, a riot or any prohibition whatsoever decreed by governmental or public authorities.

It is expressly agreed that for the parties, a case of force majeure would suspend the execution of their reciprocal obligations. At the same time, each of the parties shall bear the burden of all the expenses incumbent upon them, resulting from the case of force majeure.

The organisers decline any responsibility in case of any health problems existing prior to the seminar that may lead to complications or be aggravated during the entire period of the stay: pregnancy, cardio-vascular problems, any allergies, special diets, any disorders under treatment and not yet consolidated on the day the seminar starts, psychic or mental or depressive illness, etc. (Non exhaustive list).


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