17 May 2023

First edition published of the Global Legal Post’s, Family Asset Protection: Divorce, Finance and the Media, book: Co-edited by Marcus Dearle

Marcus Dearle

This first edition, written by leading family law and contentious trusts specialists from around the world, provides a highly practical and up-to-date jurisdictional comparison focusing on family asset protection issues in a divorce context on the topics of trusts, pre- and postnuptial agreements, financial disclosure, financial orders, enforcement and, uniquely in any international comparative guide, the extent to which the media can access private financial documentation and information disclosed in family proceedings and generally report on family law cases.

Marcus Dearle’s introduction to the book, in which he also wrote the England & Wales and Hong Kong chapters, stated:

It’s 31 years since I co-compiled one of the world‘s first international family law guides — ‘A Guide to Family Law in Europe’ — as a member of the International Committee of what was then called the Solicitors’ Family Law Association, now known as Resolution. The guide came with a foreword from the then President of the Family Division of England and Wales, Sir Stephen Brown. A few months ago I was pleased to see from the video shown at a law conference a copy of that guide perched on a shelf behind one of Sir Stephen’s successors, Sir Andrew McFarlane, in his chambers at court.

Since the publication of that guide, a number of other excellent and well-respected international guides have been produced, extending the coverage to worldwide jurisdictions, but again on a very broad range of family law matters. However, I have been struck by the gap in the market for a guide specifically focussed on family asset protection issues in a divorce context – especially on trusts and pre- and postnuptial agreement issues, as these are the areas in which wealthy individuals and families need particular help and guidance on. I have also noticed a need to include coverage on media and transparency issues, including on whether the press can gain access to and/or report on what parties have hitherto usually assumed would be kept private and well away from the often critical gaze of the media. This guide is intended to fill that gap.

This guide is not intended to be a comprehensive statement of the law. The chapters have also been written with a view to their being read by clients and non-lawyers before legal advice is obtained.

Marcus Dearle
Co-Editor and Contributor




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