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Young Kent Resolution Launch Event |

Following the success of other Young Resolution groups, Young Kent resolution was launched on 13th November 2008 in Maidstone.

The Young Kent Resolution Committee members are Alice Biggs-Davison and Abigail Harding of Warners, Sevenoaks; Caroline Bourn of Buss Murton, Tunbridge Wells; Anne Guppy of Rix & Kay, Uckfield; Sarah Keily and Joanna Norris of Thomson Snell & Passmore, Tunbridge Wells and Laura Smail of Cripps Harries Hall, Tunbridge Wells.

The launch event was held at Brachers Solicitors, Maidstone and special guests District Judge Millward of Maidstone County Court and District Judge Lethem of Tunbridge Wells County Court spoke to over 30 young family practitioners about advocacy tips, common pitfalls and helpful suggestions for the young family lawyer.

The talks were extremely well received and were followed by questions and answers from the audience. Members and guests stayed to enjoy drinks and canapés afterwards.

Young Kent Resolution are currently planning training and social events for 2009. If you would like further information about future Young Kent Resolution events please contact Joanna Norris at Thomson Snell & Passmore on 01892 510 000 or

Joanna Norris, Sarah Keily, Dawn Harrison

Joanna norris, sarah keily, dawn harrison

Anne Guppy, Sarah Keily, Laura Smail, District Judge Lethem of Tunbridge Wells County Court, District Judge Millward of Maidstone County Court, Joanna Norris, Alice Biggs-Davison and Abigail Harding.

Anne guppy, sarah keily, laura smail, district judge lethem of tunbridge wells county court, district judge millward of maidstone county court, joanna norris, alice biggs-davison and abigail harding

The launch in full swing!

The launch in full swing

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Seminar and AGM summary |

On 28 November the Kent Region held both its AGM and traditional seminar beforehand.

Delegates heard from Simon Gill of 29 Bedford Row on the ever tricky areas of both costs in family proceedings and prenuptial agreements. Simon was followed by his colleague from chambers, David Walden-Smith, who drew our attention to other recent ancillary relief developments. All this before the tea break!

After tea, Simon Fisher of Cane Cohen Limited, Chartered Financial Planners skilfully drew attention to pension pitfalls (and how to avoid them!), including highlighting problems that we will all as practitioners face more and more.

Feedback for all the speakers was very positive.

Afterwards, we decamped to the bar for the AGM. Long serving committee members Myrtle Walter, Terry Payne and Fiona Wilson formally stood down, with the Chair’s thanks for their service. New blood was also introduced as Joanna Norris and Sarah Keily joined the committee, sharing a place, having set up a successful launch of Kent’s Young Resolution group earlier in the month. The Committee is already looking forward to the challenges of 2009!

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