Date: 28th May 2020
Time: 14:30 - 15:30
Cohabitation Law Reform: Live Online Discussion Workshop (free)
CPD Hours: 1hourJoin Kate Dowdalls QC, Scottish Law Commissioner, and family law specialist colleagues to discuss and consider what legislative changes might improve the law relating to financial provision for cohabitants.
The aim of this online seminar and workshop is to consider what legislative changes might improve the law relating to financial provision for cohabitants. The aim of the Scottish Law Commission is to look at ways in which the law might be simplified, clarified and modernised. The provisions in sections 25-28 of the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 are widely regarded as not working as well as they could. This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss ways in which the approach to financial provision on cessation of cohabitation (otherwise than on death) could be reformed in order to better meet the needs of 21st Century families.
The participation and contribution of delegates in events such as this is much appreciated by the Scottish Law Commission family law team. At this difficult time, when in-person meetings cannot take place due to the restrictions necessary to combat the spread of coronavirus, they are particularly grateful to you for your interest and input. Please note the consultation period has been extended to 30 June 2020.
There will be a brief presentation by lead commissioner, Kate Dowdalls QC, followed by around 45 minutes for discussion and debate. By engaging with the pre-reading materials, you may assign 2-3 hours of Private Study CPD.
Utilise this online development opportunity to learn from peers, input to the future of family law practice, and contribute your views to help the SLC to formulate policy, identify what legislative changes are needed, and make recommendations to the Scottish Government for reform.
- An opportunity to reflect on current practice and debate ideas for reform with other family law specialists
- Development of understanding of ways in which the law might be simplified, clarified and modernised
- Input of your expertise to law reform as the SLC requires evidence to support any recommendations
2-3 hours Private Study CPD
Online materials will be provided via email in advance to assist you with preparation and consideration:
- A fully annotated PowerPoint guide summarising the questions posed in the discussion paper and explaining the background to this phase of the family law reform project
- Guidance on pre-reading in the Discussion Paper
- Delegates will find it helpful if they have read chapters 1, 2, 5 and 6 the Cohabitation Discussion Paper, or the Executive Summary, both of which are available on the Scottish Law Commission website
- A brief introductory video presentation by lead commissioner, Kate Dowdalls QC
Kate Dowdalls QC, Scottish Law Commissioner
Kate Dowdalls QC was appointed a full-time Commissioner in July 2018.
She has been a Member of the Faculty of Advocates since 2000, following 15 years in private practice. She took silk in 2013. Throughout her career she has specialised in family law. She has extensive experience in all aspects of child and family law and has litigated family cases in Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland and in the Court of Session, the Sheriff Appeal Court and UK Supreme Court. She has appeared in cases at the forefront of development of family law, notably in the areas of cohabitation and adoption. Kate is a regular contributor at conferences and seminars on matters of interest and concern to family lawyers.
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