Registration and coffee
Child Arrangement: Shaping the Law into Solution Focused Answers for Clients
Wed 28 June 2017
The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin St London SW1X 7DR
Answers to 11 Thorny Questions: Directly from 7 QCs and 1 District Judge
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Child Arrangement: Shaping the law into solution focused answers for clients
Chaired by: Teertha Gupta QC
Teertha is a "brilliant strategist and tactician and also charm personified". He has been involved in 6 full appeals in the UKSC. He is a Deputy High Court Judge.
In intractable contact cases, how do you balance the voice of the child with that of resident parents doing their level best to ensure compliance?
Answered by: Frances Judd QC
Frances is a "voice of wisdom and experience". She is co-author of "Relocation: A Practical Guide" and "Contact: the New Deal". She is a Deputy High Court Judge.
Transfer of Residence
Is the transfer of residence from an obdurate primary carer to a parent frustrated in pursuit of contact no longer a judicial weapon of last resort?
What if transfer of residence is not an option?
Answered by: Penny Howe QC
Penny is "quite simply one of the most impressive children law practitioners". She brings a huge number of cases to the table. She is a trustee of Adoption UK.
How can grandparents and family members create a role for themselves to play in child arrangements proceedings?
When do they become parties to air their case or serve as witnesses for others?
Answered by: Pamela Scriven QC of 1 KBW
With reference to relocation and alienation cases, when and with what frequency are the courts requiring children to give evidence?
Answered by: Hannah Markham QC
Hannah's Supreme Court appearances include Re B  on habitual residence and Re S  on costs in Children Act cases. She is a highly gifted public speaker.
After the Cobb review, when is the principle of "contact at all costs" of lesser importance than "risk of harm" to the controlling parent (PD 12 J)?
Answered by: Piers Pressdee QC
Piers “knows the law inside out: he is one of the very best silks for Children Act cases". He revises the Children Volumes of Halsbury's and is the ALC's Co-Chairman.
With reference to litigants in person or McKenzie friends, what is your best approach to (1) irregular fact finding hearings or (2) applications concerning alleged contact breaches in form c79?
Answered by: District Judge Richard Robinson
Richard is District Judge of the PRFD and Central Family Court. He is Co-author of “A Practical Guide to Family Proceedings”.
Change vs Placement
How are the courts balancing change versus the child being settled in placement, (1) in contested Special Guardianships and (2) in international relocations for lengthy periods?
Answered by: Christopher Hames QC
Christopher acted in Cambra v Jones, over the failure to return two children to Spain. He is "a superb advocate: relentless, persuasive and incredibly knowledgeable".
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