Public Children: Shaping New Law into Solution Focused Answers for Your Clients

Wed 14 November 2018

The Lowry Hotel 50 Dearmans Pl Manchester M3 5LH

Answers to 11 Thorny Questions: Directly from 6 QCs and 1 District Judge

5 hrs CPD

£249 + VAT

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Schedule

  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chair's Introduction

    Public children: Shaping new law into solution focused answers for clients

    Chaired by: Michael Devlin of Stephensons

    Michael is "revered for his expertise in children matters such as care proceedings." He is a "Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year" and vice president of the Manchester Law Society.

  3. Fact finding hearings

    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: Susan Grocott QC

    Susan is "a fabulous advocate and leader" and "rapidly distils complex information to the essential arguments." She sits as Deputy High Court Judge.

  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: Kate Branigan QC

    Kate specialises in serious physical injuries to children; fabricated or induced illness behaviour; sexual abuse and psychiatric difficulties. "Her humanity and warmth shine through in her client care."

  5. Morning coffee

  6. 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: Elizabeth Isaacs QC

    Elizabeth is "a titan for children’s work." "Always a first choice." "She radiates creative energy and is a joy to work with.” She sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.

  7. 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: Ruth Henke QC

    Ruth is "among the most prominent and brilliant care work silks in the UK." "No papers unread, no stones unturned. You always go back to her for more advice." She sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.

  8. Over-run

  9. Lunch

  10. Child evidence

    Using real-life examples of how to overcome the problems, when and with what safeguards, should a child give direct evidence to the court?

    Answered by: Susan Grocott QC

    Susan is "a fabulous advocate and leader" and "rapidly distils complex information to the essential arguments." She sits as Deputy High Court Judge.

  11. 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: Chris Stevenson of Fourteen

    Chris acts in complex public law proceedings, particularly where there are suspected non-accidental injuries, allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse or substance misuse and mental health concerns.

  12. 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 gift for providing straightforward, user-friendly advice on complicated problems."

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference

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