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International Family Law Conference 2024

26-27 April 2024

Cascais near Lisbon, Portugal

We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to family lawyers worldwide, inviting you to join our upcoming conference in Cascais, Portugal, on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April 2024. This 2 day event will cover an array of international family law topics, providing invaluable insights for practitioners across jurisdictions.

Event Details:

  • Date: Drinks Thursday 25th evening (7pm), conference Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April 2024 (9-3pm each day)
  • Location: Cascais (near Lisbon), Portugal
  • Venue: Palácio Hotel Estoril

Suggested travel times: We are hosting a welcome drinks party at Palacio Estoril on Thursday 25th April at 7pm. The conference will run from 9am-3pm on Friday, and 9am-2.30pm on Saturday. The gala dinner will take place on Friday evening (26th). Optional activities will take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons (from 3pm onwards). We suggest arriving on the afternoon of Thursday 25th and leaving on Sunday 28th, or the afternoon of Saturday 27th).

Social events (can be booked separately through Eventbrite page):

  • Welcome drinks reception at Palacio Estoril – 7pm Thursday 25th April
  • Friday afternoon from 3:30pm (choice of yoga or stand up paddle (SUP) tour)
  • Friday evening – drinks and Gala dinner at Palacio Estoril 7:30pm
  • Saturday afternoon/evening from 4pm (Sintra Tour and dinner, or jeep adventure with guided hike, wine tasting and tapas)

Conference Highlights: Our conference will feature lectures and panel sessions led by over 15 distinguished family law solicitors, barristers, and Judges. You can see the full line-up in the ‘Speakers’ tab above. The aim is to foster connections among family lawyers, offering a dynamic platform for learning, collaboration, and friendship.

Topics Include:

  • Child Maintenance Lottery; your questions answered ( Sir Nicholas Francis, Laura Heaton, Eliza Hebditch, Hero Lomas)
  • Stopping and starting family proceedings; a view from England, France, Spain and Portugal (Tim Amos KC, Monica Bardaji Pujadas, Joao da Camara, Camille Anger, Isabelle Rein-Lescastereyres)
  • Service of international family law proceedings in Europe: tips and traps (Oscar Smith and David Hansford)
  • International enforcement of family orders; an update (Duncan Brooks KC, James Ewins KC, Marina Faggionato, Andrew Campbell)
  • Domestic violence and child abduction (Professor Marilyn Freeman)
  • Anti-suit injunctions in Europe (Sarah Lucy Cooper)
  • International surrogacy update (Andrew Powell)
  • Feminist aspects of family law (Malavika Rajkotia)

Practical Approach: The conference is designed to be highly practical, providing delegates with guidance and understanding to enhance their day-to-day practices, regardless of their jurisdiction.

Culminating experience: We balance the educational element of the conference with optional, fun social activities to deepen the connections with fellow attendees and explore the majestic region.

Cascais Experience: April offers the perfect weather to explore Cascais’ wonders, including coved sandy beaches, cliff-hugging eateries, and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sintra. For those seeking to extend their stay, Cascais is just a short car or train journey from capital Lisbon.

Watch the highlights from our 2023 International Family Conference below:

Time

Item

Thursday 25 April

7pm

Welcome drinks reception

Location: Palacio Estoril Hotel

Kindly sponsored by Our Family Wizard

Friday 26 April 2024

8:30am

Registration

9am

Welcome

3pm

End of day 1

3:30pm

Optional social activity 1: Yoga

Location: Palacio Estoril Hotel

Please book separately on Eventbrite under ‘add-on’ section. Further details in ‘optional social activities’ tab.

3:30pm

Optional social activity 2: Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)

Location: Praia da Duquesa beach (25-min walk from Palacio Estoril hotel)

Please book separately on Eventbrite under ‘add-on’ section. Further details in ‘optional social activities’ tab.

7:30pm

Optional: Gala dinner

Location: Hotel Palacio Estoril, Europa Room

Please book separately on Eventbrite under ‘add-on’ section. Further details in ‘optional social activities’ tab.

9am

Start of day 2

2:30pm

End of conference

4pm

Optional: Sintra tour

Please book separately on Eventbrite under ‘add-on’ section. Further details in ‘optional social activities’ tab.

4pm

Optional: Jeep adventure and hiking with wine & tapas in the mountains

Please book separately on Eventbrite under ‘add-on’ section. Further details in ‘optional social activities’ tab.

Out fantastic speakers (in alphabetical order by surname):

Tim Amos KC

Barrister and Private Judge, QEB - London, UK

Highly experienced and respected money practitioner with a specialism in international jurisdiction cases and in high-value Anglo-German disputes owing to his expertise in the field and professional-standard fluency in the German language, including German legal language. He has additional expertise in Austria/Switzerland/Liechtenstein and also works/lectures in French as well as German.  He is particularly noted for his skill in tackling complex jurisdiction issues. Amos is also respected for his standing as both collaborative counsel and a resolution mediator.

Strengths: “Tim Amos KC remains one of the real gentlemen of family law and is unparalleled when it comes to unpicking the fine details of a case.” “Very clever and succinct, he makes complicated arguments look simple.”

Camille Anger

Partner, BWG Associés - France
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Camille joined BWG in 2012 and became a partner in 2022. With a strong background in estate law, she has honed her expertise in separations with financial and patrimonial implications. Fluent in English, Camille has expanded her scope to address international family issues. Her dynamic and tenacious approach benefits a diverse clientele, including entrepreneurs and startup leaders. Whether navigating family crises or structuring assets, Camille leverages her international network and close ties with notarial and tax professionals to craft innovative solutions. 

Mónica Bardají Pujadas

International Family Lawyer and Owner, Ambes Advocats SLP - Spain

Mónica has been a practising lawyer at the Terrassa Bar Association since 1999. She specialised in family law in 2012, becoming a member of the Catalan Society of Family Lawyers and the Spanish Association of Family Lawyers. In 2015, she co-founded the law firm Ambes Advocats SLP in Sant Cugat del valés, Barcelona, where she has been practising for the last 10 years as a divorce lawyer with an international family law practice. During these years, in addition to defending foreign nationals who want to divorce in Spain, she has collaborated in custody and maintenance proceedings for foreigners in Spain with different family law firms in France, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Duncan Brooks KC

Barrister, Arbitrator, Collaborative Lawyer, QEB - London, UK
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Duncan is a KC specialising in complex matrimonial finance proceedings, and also acts as an arbitrator and private FDR evaluator in financial cases. He has a wealth of expertise in complex financial cases involving high and ultra-high net worth clients, including issues relating to businesses, trusts, taxation and international forum disputes.  He is adept at dealing with knotty points of law and acting for third parties who are intervening in proceedings. Duncan has been a family arbitrator (MCIArb) since 2013 and has delivered awards in over 30 arbitrations. He has also conducted over100 private FDRs as evaluator. 

Andrew Campbell

Barrister, QEB - London, UK

Andrew practices in family law with an emphasis on financial cases, including financial remedy claims on divorce, claims under Schedule 1 Children Act 1989 and Part III MFPA 1984.

Andrew has a particular expertise in issues of domestic and cross-border enforcement and has given a number of lectures (including to Resolution and YRes) on the enforcement of financial orders.

Before coming to the Bar, Andrew gained experience working in market research and brings a measured and analytical approach to his cases. He is adept in dealing with cases with expert valuation evidence.

Sarah Lucy Cooper

Barrister, Thomas More Chambers - London, UK

Sarah practises exclusively in family law dealing with both children and financial disputes. She has an expertise in international family cases and has an in-depth knowledge of the procedural implications of international family cases, including service, obtaining evidence from overseas, instruction of overseas experts, freezing orders and disclosure. Sarah has extensive experience of dealing with jurisdictional disputes whether under forum conveniens, international instruments or otherwise. Sarah is a fluent Spanish speaker able to conduct conferences and mediations in Spanish.

In relation to financial disputes, Sarah is experienced in conducting financial remedy applications, many involving various types of overseas assets including property, trusts and shareholdings as well as the consideration of bilateral tax accords and dowry proceedings. Sarah has a particular expertise in the consideration of overseas matrimonial regimes. In addition, Sarah has successfully brought various applications for financial relief after an overseas divorce pursuant to Part III MFPA 1984.

In relation to children, Sarah regularly conducts child abduction cases under Hague 1980 and 1996 conventions as well as the inherent jurisdiction. She also represents parents in leave to remove applications.

James Ewins KC

Joint Head of Chambers, QEB - London, UK

James was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2016. He acts in a wide variety complex and big money cases at all levels, specialising in financial provision cases of all kinds.

James frequently advises and represents clients in proceedings in the High Court and Family Court at the Royal Courts of Justice, at the Central Family Court, and in other courts around the country. James has significant experience in the Court of Appeal. He also represents clients at private FDRs, round-table meetings and in arbitrations. He is also qualified to accept Public Access work.

James is a well-respected and highly sought after ‘evaluator’ in family-finance private FDRs. He qualified as an IFLA accredited arbitrator in 2017 and regularly undertakes matrimonial finance arbitrations. In 2023, James was appointed as a s.9(4) Deputy High Court Judge, assigned to the Family Division.

Marina Faggionato

Barrister, QEB - London, UK

Marina’s practice covers all areas of family law work with a particular focus on the financial consequences of divorce and disputes involving children, including Schedule 1 provision, abduction and relocation cases. She sits as an arbitrator and early neutral evaluator and regularly advises and represents corporate and international clients. 

Marina has a particular interest in cases with a foreign dimension and has practical experience of family law in France obtained during her time as a Pegasus scholar with the Parisian law firm Lafarge Associes. Marina is fluent in French. 

Sir Nicholas Francis

Justice of the High Court, Family Law Division - London, UK

Sir Nicholas Francis became Head of Chambers at 29 Bedford Row shortly after taking silk in 2002.

After more than 14 years at the helm at 29, in 2016, he was appointed a High Court Judge.

As a judge of the Family Division, Nick has adjudicated on an array of complex money cases, as well as dealing with a variety of care, Hague and Court of Protection cases.

After eight years on the Bench, Nick returns to 29 as an Associate Member and will practise there as an arbitrator and as a private FDR Judge.

Professor Marilyn Freeman, PhD

Co-Director of the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice (ICFLPP), Principal Research Fellow at The Westminster Law School - London, UK

Marilyn Freeman is Co-Director of the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice (ICFLPP), Principal Research Fellow at The Westminster Law School, London, and chairperson of the International Association of Child Law Researchers (IACLaR). She is widely acknowledged as a leading expert in the area of international child abduction and international children’s law, and publishes widely in her areas of expertise. Her current research focuses on the issue of Identity for Children and Young People; Domestic Violence and International Child Abduction; and Child-Friendly Resources relating to International Child Abduction. She holds a door tenancy at 4 Paper Buildings, a specialist Family Law set of barristers’ chambers in London, and qualified as a Family Mediator, trained to undertake direct consultation with children, cases involving international child abduction, and other international family disputes.

Charles Hale KC MCIArb

Head of Chambers, 4PB - London, UK
Charles Hale KC is wearing a blue-grey suit and red.

Charles Hale KC, Joint Head of Chambers of 4PB, is a Family Law Specialist and Arbitrator, recognised as leading King’s Counsel in both, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. Notably, his outstanding contributions have led to his nomination for the prestigious Legal 500 Silk of the Year Award on three separate occasions, in addition to his recent nomination in the same category at the 2023 Family Law Awards.  

With expertise in all aspects of financial, international and private law family cases, Charles is regularly instructed in international family disputes for high net worth individuals and often provides expert opinion in foreign divorce matters. Charles has a reputation for dealing with the most complex cases involving financial disputes and trusts, also cases arising out of same sex/modern families disputes. As one of the few recognised leading family UK barristers in both matrimonial finance and children work, Charles is often instructed to represent high profile clients in all issues arising out of their separation.

Laura Heaton

Barrister, 29 Bedford Row - London, UK

Laura’s practice is predominantly focussed on financial remedies cases including of high net worth, high profile clients and cases with modest assets but other complex aspects including trust and company structures, on and offshore assets and where 3rd parties intervene. She has a wide range of experience of Trusts of Land cases and applications under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989. She has worked as a junior to a number of QCs both in and out of Chambers. Laura is also interested in other dispute resolution methods. She is a collaborative lawyer and mediator.

Eliza Hebditch

Consultant, Expatriate Law - London, UK
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Eliza works with high net worth, high profile and international private clients advising on all areas of family law, but particularly complex financial disputes, jurisdiction battles and multi-jurisdictional prenups. Formerly practising at Farrer & Co since 2001 (partner from 2011-2021), Eliza is recognised across the private wealth sector as a leader in her field, acting for some of the highest-profile and wealthiest individuals and families in London.

Eliza is particularly known for her expertise in resolving disputes about children, including contested international relocation cases, risk of harm cases (including international abduction/flight risk), paternity disputes, applications by grandparents and cases involving addiction or mental health problems.

Samantha Hillas KC

Barrister, St. John's Buildings - Liverpool, UK
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Sam Hillas KC is a family silk at St John’s Buildings based in Liverpool specialising in matrimonial finance. She is a Bencher of  the Inner Temple, the Attorney General of the Northern Circuit, an FLBA committee member and is on the Financial Remedies Journal editorial team.  She is a member of the group of practitioners and judges headed by His Honour Stuart Farquhar advising on aspects of financial remedies practice, including transparency.Sam has a busy financial remedies practice with a particular expertise in complex and high value matters and she is well known for her lectures, seminars and podcasts on both financial remedy work and legal practice generally.  She is a qualified arbitrator and regularly acts as a private FDR evaluator.  In addition to the day job, Sam is a Patron of Wirral Women’s and Children’s Aid and sits as a judicial chair for disciplinary offences arising out of RFU, World Rugby, Six Nations, European Professional Club and Rugby Europe games. 

Hero Lomas

Partner, Expatriate Law - London, UK

Hero is a Partner at Expatriate Law and practises as a solicitor, collaborative lawyer and accredited mediator.

Hero deals with complex financial issues arising on divorce, particularly cases with an international element. Collaborating with lawyers from around the world to protect her clients’ interests is a large part of her practice. Hero has dealt with cases involving a wide range of issues including the ownership of multi-million pound company assets, pre-nuptial agreements and financial claims by parents who are unmarried.

João Perry da Câmara

Founding Partner, RA Associados - Portugal

Joao Perry da Camara is a founding partner of RA&A -Rogerio Alves & Associados­ Sociedade de Advogados, Sri, (RA Law firm-www.raassociados.pt) being responsible for the area of Family and Successions Law, and one of the responsible for the Litigation and Arbitration Area. He is a lawyer over 39 years and has a wide experience in different practice areas such as Family and Inheritance Law, Litigation and Arbitration, Commercial Law, Companies Law and Insolvency Law having extensive experience in the field of Family Law, in national and international spheres. 

Joao Perry da Camara is also considered by his peers as a leading figure in all matters related with Family and Inheritance Law, and is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers since 2009.

Andrew Powell

Barrister, 4PB - London, UK

Andrew is widely recognised for his expertise in cases concerning children.  He is listed in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading barrister and was awarded the ‘Family Law Junior Barrister of the Year Award’ in 2021.

His practice focuses on parental disputes about arrangements for children after separation, international children law including child abduction, and applications to relocate children to another country. He regularly represents parties in surrogacy, adoption and declaration of parentage cases. He has appeared in some of the leading cases concerning surrogacy and adoption in the High Court.  In 2021 he provided an expert opinion in a case before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court  concerning international surrogacy arrangement.

Malavika Rajkotia

Founder, Rajkotia Associates - New Delhi, India

Malavika Rajkotia is an independent Legal Practitioner, enrolled to the Bar in the year 1985. She is a Family and Matrimonial Law specialist and has handled several high profile and complex divorce and property disputes across various courts of India for over 37 years.

She is the founder of Rajkotia Associates, a leading multidisciplinary law firm specialising in matrimonial and property laws, and which primarily handles matrimonial cases such as divorce, child custody, alimony, domestic violence, and other related matters in all forums such as Supreme Court, High Court and Family Courts all over India.

Malavika is recognised as an expert in India in the field of family, matrimonial and allied laws.

She is the author of Intimacy Undone: Law of Marriage, Divorce and Family in India which has been included in the reading lists of leading law school curriculums.

In addition to arguing several notable family law cases, she has argued for the custody rights of mothers facing domestic violence in foreign jurisdictions. She has worked on issues such as the protection of civil liberties, gender rights, human rights and environmental concerns with various NGOs like Sakshi and IFSHA, and lectured at several law schools.

Isabelle Rein-Lescastereyres

Partner, BWG Associés - Paris, France
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Isabelle has been a partner at bwg since 2005. Fluent in both French and English, she specialises in navigating complex international situations, particularly with neighbouring French-speaking or Anglo-Saxon countries. A notable aspect of Isabelle’s practice involves assisting French expatriates and foreigners residing in France with aspects of their international mobility. 

Embracing a realistic and constructive approach, Isabelle is dedicated to maximising the chances of a swift resolution to conflicts. With her background in HEC education, she offers comprehensive advice and representation to individuals, families, and trusts in all facets of divorce and family law, particularly in handling intricate wealth and financial matters. 

About Cascais and Estoril, Portugal

Cascais and Estoril, on the coast north of Lisbon, became one of the most cosmopolitan and touristic places in Portugal ever since King Luís I chose the bay for his summer residence in the late 19th century.

During the Second World War, due to Portugal’s neutrality, several royal families went into exile in Estoril, which became known as the “Coast of Kings”. The Hotel Palácio, our conference venue, was the chosen home of numerous members of European royalty and was also the haunt of British and German spies, who could often be found in its bar. Later, these stories of intrigue and espionage inspired famous novelists and filmmakers and the Hotel served as the set for the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”.

A former summer resort for Europe’s royal families, Estoril preserves the lively, relaxed and cosmopolitan atmosphere that made it famous.

Plan your trip

The Visit Portugal website has a wealth of information for planning your ideal trip.

Cascais is about 20km from Lisbon and there are good roads to get there, whether on the A5 motorway or on the waterfront road along the mouth of the Tagus and the sea.

Portugal is in the same same time zone as the UK, +0 hours UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, formerly known as GMT).

Suggested travel times

We are hosting a welcome drinks party at Palacio Estoril on Thursday 25th April at 7pm. The conference will run from 9am-3pm on Friday, and 9am-2.30pm on Saturday. The gala dinner will take place on Friday evening (26th). Optional activities will take place on Friday and Saturday afternoons (from 3pm onwards). We suggest arriving on the afternoon of Thursday 25th and leaving on Sunday 28th, or the afternoon of Saturday 27th).

Local airports

Lisbon International Airport (Humberto Delgado Airport) is approximately 30 minutes away by car and a number of airlines operate from this airport.

While in Estoril

The golden triangle: Estoril, Cascais and Sintra

Basking in a pleasant temperate climate all year round, the Estoril Coast offers visitors a variety of cultural and leisure activities. The golden triangle Estoril-Cascais-Sintra is the scene of numerous international sporting events such as the Portugal Golf Open and the Estoril Tennis Open, the World Windsurfing Championships and international motor and motorcycle races.

A short walk from the hotel is the picturesque Tamariz beach and its attractive promenade lined with bars and terrace cafés, providing plenty of opportunity to enjoy the sea and sun. Also just yards away is the famous Estoril Casino, the largest in Europe, which as well as offering a range of casino gaming, is also the cultural hub of the region, promising you an unforgettable evening’s entertainment with international floorshows and the opportunity to enjoy a superb dinner and try your luck in the gaming rooms.

On the Estoril Coast and in Sintra alone, golfers can enjoy seven magnificent golf courses including the Palácio Hotel’s own famous course, Estoril Golf, just 1 km away, which presents a real challenge to players of all levels.

At Cascais Marina and on the quiet, unspoilt Atlantic beaches, especially Guincho Beach, watersports enthusiasts can enjoy a wide variety of activities ranging from windsurfing and sailing to water skiing, kite surfing and parascending. International powerboat competitions also take place here from time to time.

During the summer months, a series of festivals and events takes place in Estoril and the picturesque town of Cascais such as the Craft Fair, the Festival of the Sea and many popular festivities and international classical, jazz and popular Music Festivals.

Not far away, the romantic town of Sintra, a World Heritage site located in the Sintra Hills, offers a variety of sights such as the Royal Palaces, Museums and Botanical Gardens.

There is a vast choice of restaurants in this golden triangle. Nowadays in Estoril, Cascais and Sintra, there are many restaurants serving cuisines ranging from traditional Portuguese cooking to the most highly awarded French cuisine. Many restaurants by the sea serve fresh fish and seafood matched by few other places in the world. In the old town, there are many small traditional and affordable retreats to delight visitors. The terraces and cafés bathed in the Cascais sun are also a tempting attraction with their traditional snacks and patisseries.

A short distance from Estoril and within easy reach thanks to the railway with very frequent trains is Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, a lively European city with a vast range of cultural and leisure opportunities.

Getting around

BAICAS is Cascais’ free bike-share programme from the City Council Tourist Offices, so you can discover Cascais at leisure. All you have to do is show your identification and sign a statement of liability. More information from www.cm-cascais.pt.

Conde Nast writes:
BICAS makes a self-guided tour of the area easy, especially for budget travellers. A six-mile roundtrip cruise up the coast to Guincho Beach offers views of the Atlantic, easy beach pit stops, and a palatable day trip. This bike ride is easy knock off in a half-day; better yet, though, give yourself ample time for scenic pit stops at overlooks, coves, and cafes along the way, and be sure to rest at Guincho Beach, a huge sandy beach many times the size of the ones in Cascais proper.

Booking Your Accommodation at Palacio Hotel Estoril

The conference will be held at the Palacio Hotel Estoril hotel and we have secured a preferential rate for guests of the conference. See full details below and make your reservation by clicking on the button below for your preferred hotel.

Hotel Palacio - exterior
Hotel Palacio - pool
Hotel Palacio - Lobby
Hotel Palacio - Atlantico Room
Hotel Palacio - Europe Room
Hotel Palacio - Imperial Room
Hotel Palacio - Golf Estoril
Hotel Palacio - Indoor Dynamic Pool

Built in 1930 and recently renovated, the five star Palácio Hotel Estoril is one of the most prestigious hotels in Portugal. Situated in the heart of cosmopolitan Estoril, this beautiful hotel offers stunning landscaped gardens and sea views, luxurious rooms and gourmet dining.

Located just 25km away from Lisbon Airport, the hotel is within close proximity of the sea and the Estoril Golf Course, owned by the Hotel Palácio, and the Casino Estoril – the inspiration to Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel Casino Royal. The golf course has hosted the Portuguese Open and Ladies Open several times and is playable throughout the year.

The hotel houses a range of elegant accommodation, including classic rooms, suites and duplexes – all equipped modern amenities including an LCD TV, minibar, digital safe and complimentary Molton Brown toiletries. Classic and Superior rooms are great for a comfortable stay – upgrade to an Executive Suite for your own lounge area with plush seating. Families are ideally suited to a spacious Garden Duplex Suite with a bedroom on the first floor and sitting room on the ground floor. There’s also a sunny terrace overlooking the garden and pool, perfect for relaxing with a chilled drink.

Use code LEGALCONFERENCE to secure special room rate for stays between Sunday 21 April to Thursday 2 May 2024:

Double room, single occupancy: EUR200 per night

Double room, double occupancy: EUR220 per night

Check-in is from 15:00, check-out is 12:00 noon.

*Book by Wednesday 3 April 2024 to secure this special rate. Subject to availability at the time of booking. Rates are inclusive of breakfast, taxes and service charges, free parking (subject to availability) and complimentary WiFi. You will also have access to the Estoril Wellness Centre, 10% discount on treatments in the Banyan Tree Spa, and 24-hour concierge service.

Rooms can be booked via the booking link below or by contacting the hotel directly.

Hotel Palacio - Superior Room - Double has a neutral decor with beige walls and carpet, and wooden furniture.
Hotel Palacio - Image of a Classic Room - double bed, carpeted room, wooden furniture

Thursday 25 April 2024

Drinks reception

Thursday 25 April 2024

Kindly sponsored by:

We are delighted to invite all delegates to a welcome drinks reception on the evening before the conference, 25 April from 7pm. It will be held at the conference venue, Palacio Hotel Esotril.

Our Family Wizard is generously sponsoring the drinks.

Dress code: Smart casual, light and cool clothes. No need for jackets.

Friday 26 April 2024

Yoga – £20

After a day filled with networking and learning, it’s time to treat yourself to some well-deserved self-care.

Using the flow and sequence of natural body movements to build strength, flexibility and balance in a calm and relaxed environment. With programming ranging from dynamic routines through to slower sequences, yoga can help reduce stress levels and improve overall health.

Time: 3:30pm
Duration: 50 minutes
Location: Hotel Palacio Estoril
Dress code: Suitable athletic wear.
Yoga mats will be provided.

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) session – £40

After the end of conference day 1, dive into the tranquil waters of Praia da Duquesa beach and embark on an exhilarating journey with stand up paddle boarding!

Suitable for all ages, discover the joy of balancing on the board while engaging your entire body in a workout like no other.

Led by experienced instructors, build your confidence on the water. Learn the ropes with a comprehensive briefing covering everything from safety protocols to mastering your paddling technique.

The class includes all the equipment you need, from paddleboards to wetsuits and is fully insured.

Duration: Please allow 2.5h for this activity. 1.5 hours for the SUP activity, plus 30 minutes’ walk to the beach each way.
Remember: Bring your swimsuit and towel
The group will meet in the conference hotel foyer at 3.30pm and walk to the beach together on foot.

Dinner at the Palacio Estoril – £110

We warmly invite you to join us for the conference dinner which will be held at the elegant Palacio Estoril hotel. Tickets for the conference dinner may be added to your chosen package during the registration process and the cost per ticket is £110.

The Conference Dinner will be held in a private function space and offers you an excellent chance to make connections with other conference participants from around the world over delicious food.

This is a ticketed event and there are a limited number of places, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Extra tickets may be purchased for guests if desired.

Dress code: Cocktails dresses for women and jackets and open collars for men.

Saturday 27 April 2024

Sintra tour – £60

Immerse yourself in the enchanting wonders of Sintra with an unforgettable tour that includes a captivating visit to Quinta da Regaleira – all seamlessly arranged with pick-up right from Hotel Palacio Estoril.

Dinner will follow at a local restaurant for the group. The dinner is not included in the ticket price and will be payable locally directly to the restaurant.

Time: 4pm pick-up from Hotel Palacio Estoril.
Dress code: Casual. Layers are recommended as it can get chilly in the evenings.

Jeep adventure and hiking with wine & tapas in the mountains – £75

Half-day Jeep adventure and hiking with wine & tapas in the mountains, which includes pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation by jeep, off-road adventure, hiking in the mountains, and a tasting of 4 different varieties of wine from the region and tapas in the beautiful Sintra mountains.

Time: 4pm pick-up from Hotel Palacio Estoril.
Dress code: Casual. Layers are recommended as it can get chilly in the evenings.

We are looking forward to welcoming you.

You can book your tickets on Eventbrite.

Cost: £375

Your conference ticket includes tea and coffee breaks, and a buffet lunch on the two conference days.

Please add any dietary requirements in the provided field during the registration process.

What a fantastic conference with a great bunch of people. Cannot speak highly enough of the event. Topical, informative and relevant to all of us who deal with expats.

Great conference all round!

Such a well organised, and informed event. I would highly recommend this conference to others in the future.