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Adoption - Kate Branigan QC, 4PB

Adoption - Kate Branigan QC, 4PB (Public Children Law, Manchester, 14.11.18) What are the unresolved issues - both legal and practical - of birth parents being notified about adoption applications? How are the judges reacting?

Litigants in Person (Notes) - Caroline Willbourne, 1GC Family Law

Litigants in Person (Notes) - Caroline Willbourne, 1GC Family Law (Public Children Law, Manchester, 14.11.18) Concerning litigants-in-person, how are the courts rescuing the position in irregular fact-finding hearings or applications over alleged contact breaches etc.?

Judgement for PS V BP

Judgement for PS V BP (Public Children Law, Manchester, 14.11.18) Appeal in relation to a fact finding hearing concerning a contact application in which the judge who had been in an "invidious position," had not permitted the father to cross-examine the mother directly.

Child Evidence - Susan Grocott QC, Deans Court Chambers

Child Evidence - Susan Grocott QC, Deans Court Chambers (Public Children Law, Manchester, 14.11.18) Using real-life examples of how to overcome the problems, when and with what safeguards, should a child give direct evidence to the court?

Fact Finding Hearings - Susan Grocott QC, Deans Court Chambers

Fact Finding Hearings - Susan Grocott QC, Deans Court Chambers (Public Children Law, Manchester, 14.11.18) 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?

Litigants in Person - Caroline Willbourne, 1GC Family Law

Litigants in Person - Caroline Willbourne, 1GC Family Law (Public Children Law, Manchester, 14.11.18) Concerning litigants-in-person, how are the courts rescuing the position in irregular fact-finding hearings or applications over alleged contact breaches etc.?

Care Orders - Chris Stevenson, Fourteen

Care Orders - Chris Stevenson, Fourteen (Public Children Law, Manchester, 14.11.18) In the context of care orders, how do you balance the competing rights and welfare interests of siblings which may mean splitting them up?

Contact - Elizabeth Isaacs QC, St Ives Chambers

Contact - Elizabeth Isaacs QC, St Ives Chambers (Public Children Law, Manchester, 14.11.18) 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?

Child Evidence - Professor Jo Delahunty QC, 4PB

Child Evidence - Professor Jo Delahunty QC, 4PB (Public Children, London, 02.10.18) 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?

Contact - Mark Twomey QC, Coram Chambers

Contact - Mark Twomey QC, Coram Chambers (Public Children, London, 02.10.18) 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?

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