Children Public Law

Bath Resolution seminar

Date: 23 June 2021
Location: Zoom

Luke Hodgson and Elaine Jewell-Moore of St John’s Chambers will talk about hints and tips on how to best brief Counsel for remote hearings.

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Law, Justice & the Spaces Between

Date: 4 March 2021
Venue: Zoom

Lucy Reed will be speaking in an important series of free webinars investigating openness and press reporting of our courts and tribunals

 

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St. John’s 6th Family Forum

Date: 11 June 2020
Location: Comfort of your living room

The Children Law Team will hold its 6th Family Forum on Thursday 11th June at 5pm and we’d love it if you’d join us.

Speakers include:

Sophie Smith-Holland on Practical issues in hybrid hearings
Ryan Morgan on Psychological Assessments & COVID-19

A general Q & A session will follow.

Please email [email protected] for the zoom link details and to claim your CPD.

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St. John’s 5th Family Forum

Date: 28 May 2020
Location: The comfort of your living room

The Children Law Team will hold its 5th Family Forum on Thursday 28th May at 5pm and we’d love it if you’d join us. Judi Evans and Julia Belyavin will be telling us about the two Nuffield Family Justice Observatory reports published on Friday: one on Digital Contact & Children’s Wellbeing, and the other on Contact during Lockdown.. A general Q & A session will follow.

Please email [email protected] for the zoom link details and to claim your CPD.

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St John’s 4th Family Forum

Date: 21 May 2020
Location: comfort of your living room

The Children Law Team will hold its 4th Family Forum on Thursday 21st May at 5pm and we’d love it if you’d join us. Short presentations this week will be from Sarah Phillimore and Dianne Martin. A general Q & A session will follow. Please email [email protected] for the zoom link details and to claim your CPD.

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St John’s 3rd Family Forum

Date: 14 May 2020
Location: comfort of your living room

The Children Law Team will hold its 3rd Family Forum on Thursday 14th May at 5pm and we’d love it if you’d join us. Short presentations this week will be from Sarah Phillimore (on very recent case-law) and Abigail Bond (on the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations). A general Q & A session will follow. Please email [email protected] for the zoom link details and to claim your CPD.

Sarah Phillimore notes

Abigail Bond notes

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Family Forum – Week 2

Date: 7 May 2020
Location: comfort of your living room

Following the success of last week’s ‘Family Forum’,  the Children Law Team invites you to join them on Thursday May 7th from 5pm – 6pm. We’ll be looking at contact and coronavirus, and at remote justice from the parents’ perspective. Speakers will be Iain Large and Lucy Reed. Please email [email protected] for the link details and to claim your CPD.

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Family Forum: Tips and views in relation to remote working, public & private law children cases

Date: 30 April 2020
Location: comfort of your living room
  • This weeks speakers:Jack Harris & Asha GrovesOver the past few weeks we have missed seeing you all at and around Court. To that end we would like to share our new initiative:

    ‘St John’s Family Forum’: a regular weekly 20-30 minute online presentation on a relevant topic, followed by a Q & A session and an opportunity for an exchange of information. The first forum will be via Zoom on Thursday 30 April at 5pm, when we will look at the practicalities and pitfalls of remote hearings in private and public children law cases. If you wish to attend and claim CPD, please email [email protected] for the link details.

    We look forward to seeing you there. It will be good to see your faces!

    • The Children Law Team is committed to providing its usual high standard of service to you throughout the pandemic. As a team we have the skills, capacity and creativity to be able to adapt to any new developments in governmental guidelines, policy and ‘Lockdown’ restrictions.
    • Our clerks and barristers are working from home and can be reached on the usual telephone numbers and email addresses. Counsel all work remotely using MS Teams, Zoom, Skype for Business and can set up conferences and advocates’ meetings and conduct hearings on any of these platforms (as well as on the telephone). In addition, we will shortly be trained in using the HMCTS Cloud Video Platform and will be able to add that to our skillset. We are all operating paperlessly. We continue to be able to advise on appropriate remote forms of ADR.
    • All members are familiar with Mr Justice MacDonald’s ‘Guidance’ set out in the Remote Access Family Court document (v4), can advise you as to whether or not a case is suitable for a remote hearing, and have experience in putting these arguments before the (virtual) court. During any remote hearing we will retain our commitment to client care, either by ensuring that a separate conference room is set up for (you and) your client, or by communicating with the client at appropriate intervals by Whatsapp or similar text based chat platform, or telephone.
  • All members are familiar with Mr Justice MacDonald’s ‘Guidance’ set out in the Remote Access Family Court document (v4), can advise you as to whether or not a case is suitable for a remote hearing, and have experience in putting these arguments before the (virtual) court. During any remote hearing we will retain our commitment to client care, either by ensuring that a separate conference room is set up for (you and) your client, or by communicating with the client at appropriate intervals by Whatsapp or similar text based chat platform, or telephone.

Abigail Bond, Head of Children Law Team

21 April 2020

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