Family Law Conference March 2021

Date: 30th March 2021 - 31st March 2021

Location:
Online, Zoom

CPD Hours: 6hours

Taking place in March 2021, this online conference will be dedicated to the key issues around children and families.

6 hours verifiable CPD | across two mornings

Following our January event on financial provisions and relationship breakdown, our second Family Law Conference for 2021 will be entirely dedicated to the key issues around children and families.

Taking place over the course of two mornings, our online event will explore the core developments that affect children’s rights in relation to family formation, litigation, and breakdown in the context of both domestic and international developments. Join us for comprehensive guidance on the latest legislative developments, issues of child relocation and abduction in the wake of Brexit, trauma-informed practice in family law litigation and much more.

The programme will give you many opportunities to discuss with colleagues and speakers and to reflect on the matters that most affect your work.

Learning outcomes:

  • Reflect on the impact of the last 12 months on children-relates issues for family law practitioners, with particular attention to child contact
  • Get expert guidance on the latest legislative developments
  • Learn about the key issues in assessing parental rights and responsibilities in modern family formations (including surrogacy, donor conception, adoption)
  • Gain insight into trauma-informed practice and expert evidence in family litigation, and how these affect children’s views in the courts
  • Discuss key child relocation and abduction issues in the context of Brexit
Speakers
Partner, Harper Macleod LLP
Partner, Brodies
Westwater Advocates
Consultant Solicitor, Flexlaw Ltd
Westwater Advocates
Chartered & Clinical Psychologist, KEE Consultancy
Partner, SKO Family Law Specialists
Consultant Clinical Psychologist , Solution Psychology
Partner, Turcan Connell
Day One - Tuesday 30 March | Session One: Introduction and update

chair

Amanda Masson
Partner, Harper Macleod LLP

Session One will look at the impact of Covid-19 on the law and practice of child law, with particular attention to issues around residence and contact. It will then provide an overview of the Children (Scotland) Act 2020 ahead of the dedicated workshop taking place later in the year.

Amy Donachie
Westwater Advocates
  • Reflecting on the impact of Covid-19 on child law and practice
  • The main issues around residence and contact

Lindsey Ogilvie
Partner, Turcan Connell
  • Overview of the main changes to the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and their practical implications for your work
  • Practical guidance on the main changes to court procedure
Session Two: Children and family formations

Session Two will discuss the main issues around PRRs in the context of modern family formations, and provide a case law update on adoption and permanence orders.

Amanda Masson
Partner, Harper Macleod LLP
  • Surrogacy, donor conception, same-sex couples
  • Case law update

Janys M Scott QC
Westwater Advocates
  • Discussion of key issues and recent decisions
Optional session

chair

Amanda Masson
Partner, Harper Macleod LLP
Day Two - Wednesday 31 March | Session One: Children and the courts

Chair

Lisa Girdwood
Partner, Brodies

Session One will focus on trauma informed practice for practitioners working with children; and discuss the key issues around expert evidence in court cases involving children. A panel discussion will then reflect on how these issues inform children’s views in the family courts.

Dr. Katherine Edward DClinPsych, Ph.D., MA, AFBPsS
Chartered & Clinical Psychologist, KEE Consultancy

Dr Anne E Woodhouse
Consultant Clinical Psychologist , Solution Psychology

Robert Gilmour
Partner, SKO Family Law Specialists
  • Practitioners’ perspective: how to give witnesses a very good instruction? When to instruct a witness, why to instruct a witness, how the court will treat the evidence
  • Expert’s perspective: what do we need from practitioners for a good letter of instruction?
  • Trauma-informed practice and expert evidence: how does this inform children’s views in the family courts?
Session Two: Children and family breakdown

The final session will focus on relationship breakdown, and discuss the core issues around child relocation, abduction and maintenance with particular attention to the post-Brexit landscape.

John Fotheringham
Consultant Solicitor, Flexlaw Ltd
Testimonials

"This is one of the most interesting and useful CPD events I have ever attended. I would definitely book this CPD again in years to come"

Amanda Sneddon, Rollos Law LLP, September 2019

"Excellent conference. Good, relevant and useful topics"

September 2019

"Fantastic quality and great overview of all topics covered"

September 2019

"Much needed practical advice"

June 2018

"Great conference with a lot of useful information and very interesting speakers"

June 2018

"Excellent, relevant seminar that will be useful to me in practice"

September 2019

Prices

prices exclude VAT

Member:
£229.00
 
New lawyer:
£194.65
 
Non-member:
£263.35
 
Unemployed member:
£0.00
 

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