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Private Children: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Advice for Your Clients

  • Thu 9th December 2021 until Thu 14th April 2022
  • On-demand, United Kingdom
  • 5 hrs CPD

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

  1. Fact-finding

    In the spotlight of H-N (2021), when can you push the court to order a fact-finding hearing?

    What level and pattern of behaviour would merit one?

    Answered by: Julia Cheetham QC

    Julia acted in the hotly contested H-N (2021) litigation. "She leaves no stone unturned and never fails to impress with her knowledge and problem-solving approach."

  2. Alienation

    How do you get beyond a social worker or Cafcass officer's recommendations in parental alienation cases?

    What evidence does the court need to see?

    Answered by: Susan Grocott QC

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

  3. Relocation

    What counts, and what will sway the court in relocation cases?

    Is a distinction still being drawn between internal and external relocation?

    Answered by: Piers Pressdee QC

    Piers "is one of the very best silks for Children Act cases: knows the law inside out." He is co-author of 'Contact: The New Deal' and revised the Children Volumes of Halsbury's Laws.

  4. Obdurate carers

    Supported by case-law and practical examples, how do you control - and overcome - the difficulty of an obdurate primary carer who is frustrating contact?

    Answered by: Teertha Gupta QC

    Teertha is "universally commended for his superb skill and prowess in the courtroom." "He immediately impresses with his knowledge and understanding" and sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.

  5. Costs

    Do you have a greater latitude to argue for costs where the court finds an application to be unnecessary?

    What is the costs position?

    Answered by: Caroline Willbourne

    Caroline has been a Deputy District Judge since 1993. "She has a real gift for providing straightforward, user-friendly advice on complicated problems."

  6. Experts

    How do you control - and overcome - the difficulties arising out of Part 25 expert evidence - appointing them, challenging them, paying for them?

    Answered by: Christopher Miller

    Christopher is a specialist in cases involving intractable hostility and allegations of parental abuse. He is "a superb advocate: relentless, persuasive and incredibly knowledgeable."

  7. ADR

    How can you best settle clients' differences away from court, including mediation, hybrid mediation, collaborative law, arbitration?

    Answered by: Anthony Trace QC

    Anthony won "Mediator of the Year", Innovation and Excellence Awards 2019, and "Mediator of the Year-England", Global Law Experts Awards 2020.

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