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Public Children: Shaping New Law into Solution Focused Answers for Your Clients
Tue 2 October 2018
The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR
Answers to 11 Thorny Questions: Directly from 7 QCs and 1 District Judge
5 hrs CPD
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Public Children: Shaping New Law into Solution Focused Answers for Clients
Chaired by: Paul Storey QC
Paul is "simply the best public law children lawyer in the UK." "If you were in real trouble he's the one you would want to represent you." He sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.
Fact finding hearings
Applying the lessons of live cases, when do you pursue a finding?
What is meant by “significant injury” e.g. NAI: bruise v fracture?
How do you deal with retracted allegations?
Answered by: Sarah Morgan QC
Sarah acted in the case over harm to children from radicalisation and recruitment to terrorist activity. She is "clever, analytical and a pleasure to work with." She sits as a Public Family Recorder.
What are the unresolved issues - both legal and practical - of birth parents being notified about adoption applications?
How are the judges reacting?
Answered by: Susan Campbell QC
Susan is "a complete star - one of the very best silks - she is able to pick up cases and develop them in such interesting ways." She pioneered the course for social workers on how to give evidence.
In the context of care orders, how do you balance the competing rights and welfare interests of siblings which may mean splitting them up?
Answered by: Frank Feehan QC
Frank acted in Re B (A Child): the landmark Supreme Court appeal on care proceedings, adoption and human rights. "His star is in the ascendancy." "He provides brilliant legal analysis."
Litigants in person
Concerning litigants-in-person, how are the courts rescuing the position in irregular fact-finding hearings or applications over alleged contact breaches etc.?
Answered by: Caroline Willbourne
Caroline has sat as a Deputy District judge since 1993. "Hugely experienced." "She has a real gift for providing straightforward, user-friendly advice on complicated problems."
Cutting through all the noise, which factors carry weight when the Court undertakes a holistic analysis of placement options, e.g. kinship care?
Answered by: Frances Judd QC
Frances "has a phenomenal reputation." "She orchestrates a courtroom with such ease and charm." "She makes the complex simple." She sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.
What role do children play in the family trial?
How is their voice heard? What happens if they hold the key to the issues before the court?
Should they give evidence, hear evidence? How does the court reduce the risk that the trial experience itself harms the child it is seeking to protect?
Answered by: Professor Jo Delahunty QC
Jo is "an absolute force of nature and a star in court - exceptional in every way - trusted with nationally significant cases." She is a Finalist for the award, "Family Silk 2018."
Where are the "red lines" of bad practice on contact, including post-proceedings and post adoption contact between siblings and even between parents and children?
Answered by: Mark Twomey QC
Mark is "a QC whose star is in the ascendancy." "He is ready with an answer for everything." "He fights fiercely for clients even when all the odds are against them."
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