Live Webinar: Thorne v Kennedy: The Death-Knell for Pre-Nups?


Date:  Tuesday 30th January 2018 – Online:
Vic, NSW, ACT, Tas: 11am to 1pm 
SA:  10:30am to 12:30pm  WA: 8am to 10am 
NT: 9:30am to 11:30am  Qld: 10am to 12noon

The landmark High Court ruling of Thorne v Kennedy has been described as the death of pre-nuptial financial agreements in Australia. With the decision likely to trigger a wave of lawsuits seeking to overturn existing financial agreements, it’s never been more important for practitioners to understand how the principles of undue influence and duress can be used to unravel agreements which comply fully with the formal requirements of the FLA.  This session covers:

  • Thorne v Kennedy - The High Court’s decision unpacked
  • Is Thorne v Kennedy limited to its unusual facts? Can it happen again?
  • What does the case tell us about the meaning of undue influence?
  • Setting aside financial agreements due to undue influence, unconscionable conduct, misrepresentation and fraud
  • Inequality in a relationship – will it always spell the death of pre nups?
  • Prenups that stick:
  • do you need a tick from the solicitor advising the other party?
  • how “fair” does the agreement have to be?
  • pre-nups signed before a marriage – can they ever stick?
  • Drafting unfair pre-nups – how do you protect yourself from negligence claims?
  • Should you continue drafting prenups for your clients?
Our presenter

Peter Royston, Consultant, Lander & Rogers Lawyers, Melbourne   

Peter became accredited as a Family Law Specialist in 1989 and has practised exclusively in family law ever since. He handles a wide range of family and domestic relationship matters, including parenting issues, property settlements in both marriages and domestic relationships and all matters ancillary.

Peter was recognised in Doyles Guide's Leading Australian Family Lawyers, 2016.  Peter's areas of expertise include: parenting issues; property settlements; spousal maintenance and child support; superannuation splitting; financial agreements; and mediations.

Peter was admitted to practice in 1974 and joined Lander & Rogers in 2009.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers practising in family law – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.


Live webinar delegates will receive a CPD certificate for attendance at this webinar. Lawyers can claim up to 2 CPD [CLE] units/points – substantive law.  This webinar has been designed to run for 2 hours, however, webinar lengths can vary depending on the level of questions and discussion, and the minimum length of the webinar is 1.5 hours.

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Product Code: RBJJAN18
 Price:   $253.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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