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 Deputy District Judge


  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chair's Introduction

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

    Chaired by: Paul Storey QC of 29 Bedford Row

  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?

    Answered by: Tina Cook QC of 42 Bedford Row

  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 of Pump Court Chambers

  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 of 1 KBW

  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 of 1GC Family Law

  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 of Coram Chambers

  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 of 4PB

  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 of Harcourt Chambers

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference

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