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


from September 24 to September 25, 2020

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  • 2020-09-24 08:30:00 2020-09-25 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”.

Held on September 23 to 25, 2020, 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.

Register now to secure your place to this one of a kind event.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to London!

The registration programme will be available soon.

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

    Federico Martin PRUS President of the UIA Family Law Commission, Estudio Jurídico Dr. Prus // Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Carolina MARÍN PEDREÑO President of the UIA Human Rights Commission, Dawson Cornwell Solicitors // London, UK
    Joana ALVES CARDOSO President of the UIA International Estate Planning Commission, JAC Lawyers // Macau, SAR, China
    Daniela HORVITZ LENNON Vice President of the UIA Family Law Commission, Horvitz y Compañia Limitada // Santiago, Chile


  • The Law Society of England & Wales


The Law Society of England & Wales
Fleet-Strand-Bell Room
113 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1PL


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. A few hotel suggestions nearby are:

Apex Temple Court Hotel (4*)
at 0.2 mi. / 300 meters from the Seminar Venue
1-2, Serjeant's Inn, Temple, London EC4Y 1AG, United Kingdom
T +44 20 3004 4141
Website: https://www.apexhotels.co.uk/destinations/london/apex-temple-court-hotel/

Premier Inn London Holborn hotel (3*)
at 0.5 mi. / 850 meters from the Seminar Venue
27-29 Red Lion St, Holborn, London WC1R 4PS, United Kingdom
T +44 333 321 9346
Website: https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/greater-london/london/london-holborn.html?cid=GLBC_LONHOL

The Website www.booking.com might be helpful to book a room or find other hotels.


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).


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 August 24, 2020. No refund will be made for cancellations received after this date.

Anyone who requires a visa invitation letter in order to attend the seminar should register and pay their registration fees no later than August 24, 2020 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 August 24, 2020.

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.


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