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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  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chair's Introduction

    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.

  3. 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?

    Answerd by: Tina Cook QC

    Tina is "a leading light, incredibly astute: a real star who is utterly dedicated to her cases." She is highly experienced in handling cases involving the new Practice Direction 12J.

  4. Adoption

    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.

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Care orders

    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."

  7. 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."

  8. Over-run

  9. Lunch

  10. Contact

    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."

  11. Child evidence

    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."

  12. Placement orders

    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.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference

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