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

Tue 19 November 2019

The Lowry Hotel 50 Dearmans Place Manchester M3 5LH

Answers to 10 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: Kate Branigan QC of 4PB

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

  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: Stefano Nuvoloni QC of No.5 Chambers

    Stefano is "a go-to silk for complicated cases with a superb courtroom manner." He drafted the working Protocol for use by Local Authorities commended in BCC v SK.

  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 and persuasive; experienced in all aspects of public children law."

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Fact-finding hearings

    In the face of judicial inconsistency, when is a Local Authority under a duty to put a positive case to a respondent parent against whom it seeks findings?

    Answered by: Andrew Bagchi QC of 1GC

    Andrew is an "outstanding children silk with a fantastic ability to analyse parents’ motives and behaviour." He routinely appears in highly sensitive and difficult cases.

  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: Julia Cheetham QC of Deans Court Chambers

    Julia is highly experienced in cases of serious injuries and sexual abuse involving children. "She never fails to impress with her knowledge and proactive approach.”

  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: Lorraine Cavanagh QC of St John's Buildings

    Lorraine recently acted in the rehearing of a fatal injury trial for a father who was accused of smothering a baby. "Her knowledge and attention to detail are second to none."

  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 Grocott QC of Deans Court Chambers

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

  11. Over-run

  12. Close of conference