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

Wed 16 October 2019

The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR

Answers to 12 Thorny Questions: Directly from 7 QCs of Outstanding Ability

5 hrs CPD

£249 + VAT

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  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chair’s Introduction

    Public Children: Shaping new law into solution focused answers for your clients

    Chaired by: Paul Storey QC of 29 Bedford Row

    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. Child evidence

    Drawing on practical examples and live cases, how can you make it better for children giving evidence and hearing evidence, especially when they hold the key to the issues before the court?

    Answered by: Lorna Meyer QC of No5 Chambers

    Lorna is "one of the market leaders in children work; handling the biggest and most complex cases." Her primary focus is where expert evidence requires scrutiny or challenge.

  4. Competing rights

    When siblings are involved, how do you assess and weigh up their competing rights?

    How significant are together and apart assessments for the court?

    Answered by: Penny Howe QC of Pump Court Chambers

    Penny is "quite simply one of the most impressive practitioners in this field." "Superb, assiduous, persuasive and approachable; experienced in all aspects of public children law."

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Fact-finding hearings

    When are they necessary?

    How do you reopen them?

    What is their proper conduct?

    Answered by: Anthony Kirk QC of 1KBW

    Anthony is "one of the go-to silks for difficult and challenging care cases." “He is eloquent and highly skilled at helping the clients move towards something that is acceptable.”

  7. DOL

    How do you secure the best outcome, for children and young people needing secure welfare placements?

    What are the limits to the Court’s powers to make DoL orders?

    Answered by: Amanda Weston QC of Garden Court Chambers

    Amanda acted in T (A Child) [2018] EWCA on the Court’s jurisdiction to make an order depriving a transgender teen of her liberty where secure accommodation was not available.

  8. Lunch

  9. NAI cases

    Is there a shift in the wind over how the courts are thinking about shaking injuries, bruises or other NAI cases?

    Answered by: Tina Cook QC of 42 Bedford Row

    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 non-accidental and fatal injury.

  10. Contact

    How far can you push the Court on contact, including post-proceedings and post-adoption contact between siblings and even between parents and children?

    Answered by: Susan Campbell QC of Pump Court Chambers

    Susan is "a complete star - one of the very best silks - she is able to develop cases in such interesting ways." She pioneered the course for social workers on how to give evidence.

  11. Over-run

  12. Close of conference