Setting Aside Consent Orders - Non-Disclosure

An overview of family law cases concerning the setting aside of consent orders

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Course Overview

Setting aside a consent order, whatever the grounds, is easier said than done.
The court’s preoccupation with finality often means that, even when it is apparent there has been non-disclosure or a change in circumstances, a consent order will not automatically be set aside.
The logic behind this is understandable; there would be no finality if it were easy for parties to re-open and change consent orders once made. Similarly, the court are reluctant to made decisions which could be seized upon others and result in a floodgate of litigation.
During this session the developments surrounding the distribution of family assets, and setting aside consent orders on account of material non-disclosure, will be considered through the examination of the following case law:  
Roocroft v. Ball (PR of Carol Ainscow, Deceased) [2016]
AB v CD 2016
Hart v. Hart [2018]
VS v RE [2018]
Al – Baker v. Al- Baker [2015]
Veluppillai v. Veluppillai and Others [2015]
Sharland v. Sharland [2015]
Gohil v. Gohil [2015]
Iqbal v. Iqbal [2017]
Critchell v. Critchell [2015]

Experienced family law lecturer Safda Mahmood will consider the circumstances in which setting aside consent orders because of non-disclosure may arise and will examine the consequences of such behaviour, including costs.
In addition, the likelihood of a consent order being set aside following a change in one or both parties’ situation will also be explored.  

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the reference notes and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • Be aware of the difficulties which you will face when attempting to set aside a consent order on the grounds of non-disclosure or due to a change in circumstance
  • Be familiar with key case law in respect of setting aside consent in respect of non-disclosure

What is the target audience?

  • Family law practitioners


About Instructor - Safda Mahmood

Safda is a senior solicitor, with a public authority, having had practiced in both Private Practice and Local Government. Safda is on the Law Society Children Panel and specialises in Children Law and Adoption. He delivers training across the country and writes regularly for various journals including Family Law Journal, Legal Executives Journal and Law Society Bulletin.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Reference Notes
    1 Page


  • Quiz