2018 Public Child Law Conference

Event Details

Course Code: S3994
Speaker: Various
Specialisations: Family, Conferences,
Venue: Martin Luther King Building, Albert Dock, L3 4AF
Date: Wednesday, 25 April, 2018
Time: 09:30 - 15:45

Members Price: £155
Non Members Price: £205
Corporate Training Offer: Free
Training Season Ticket: Free

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Event Description

The conference will now be held at the Martin Luther King Building, Albert Dock, located opposite the Pump House pub.

9.10 – 9.30am    Registration

9.30 – 9.40am     Chairperson’s opening remarks ~ Judge de Haas QC

9.40 – 10.30am    Non-accidental injury cases; issues and tactics ~ Gordon Semple
•    Fractures
•    Skin: bruises bites and lesions
•    Intracranial
•    Evidence
•    Experts - challenge and further evidence
•    Silk: do you need one and how to get one

10.30 -11.15am    Are Children at Risk from Substance Misuse? ~ Paul Hunter, Forensic Testing Services
The presentation aims to address the questions and confusion that arises when trying to understand the evidence provided from drug and alcohol testing.
•    The Peter Jackson J judgment in H (A Child: Hair Strand Testing) [2017] EWFC 64 - test case in respect of the validity of hair strand testing
•    Why the majority of testing is not appropriate for child-care in proceedings or pre-proceedings
•    Changes to the process are required to avoid miscarriages of justice
•    Strengths and weaknesses of the evidence derived from the testing for substance misuse
•    How evidence can mislead the court and why it will continue to do so, unless new developments are introduced for child-care cases

11.15 - 11.30am Refreshments

11.30-12.15pm    Children & Mental health law: some practical issues ~ Michael Davis, Broudie Jackson Canter
•    Compulsory Powers(Sections)
•    Powers of Discharge
•    Indentification of Nearest Relative
•    Powers of the Nearest Relative

12.15 – 1pm     Special Guardianship Orders: Chances, Challenges and Checks Margaret Parr, 7 Harrington Street    
•    SGOs and viability assessments
•    When to challenge
•    When an ISW is needed
•    SGO payments
•    Party status applications

1 – 1.45pm    Lunch

1.45 – 2.30pm   Deprivation of Liberty & Children- the obligations of the state
 ~ Sam Karim QC & Francesca Gardner, Kings Chambers

•    An overview of the law relating to deprivation of liberty and children
•    The obligations of the state to ensure that the Article 5 rights of children and young people are protected

2.30 – 3.30pm     Senior’s top 10 ~ Mark Senior, St Johns Buildings
An idiosyncratic look at the ten most important public law cases in the last 12 months for the practitioner to have in their armoury at the Courtface, as chosen by a seasoned practitioner with a Rumpolian outlook on life at the family bar

3.30pm    Chairperson’s closing remarks


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Speakers' biographies

Michael Davies is a Mental Health Advisor at Broudie Jackson Canter. His career in Mental Health Law dates back over 20 years. He represents patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 in hospitals, from acute mental health wards to special hospitals. He has been a member of The Law Society's Mental Health Tribunal Accreditation Scheme for over 10 years.

Francesca Gardner is recommended as 'a rising star' within the Court of Protection. Francesca's practice includes instructions in all areas within Court of Protection, Mental Health & Judicial Review proceedings. Francesca has a particular interest in deprivation of liberty and serious medical treatment cases and regularly advises on cases involving children and deprivation of liberty.

Her Honour Judge Margaret de Haas QC is the designated Family Judge for Cheshire & Merseyside. HHJ de Haas QC was called to the Bar in 1977 by Middle Temple, initially a tenant in chambers in London before moving to Liverpool in 1981. She was appointed as an Assistant Recorder in 1995 and as a Recorder in 1999, taking Silk in 1998. In 2000, she became a Deputy High Court Judge and in 2004 went on to become a Circuit Judge in 2004 and has also served on the Mental Health Restricted Patients Panel since 2004.

Paul Hunter has been the Technical Director at Forensic Testing Service LTD since 2010 and has 20 years’ experience developing and managing three specialist substance-misuse analytical laboratories. He has produced over 3000 Expert reports for civil, criminal, and child care proceedings cases. Paul has over 50 Family Court appearances as an Expert Witness in Care Proceedings. He is a member of the Society of Hair Testing (SOHT), LTG (formerly the London Toxicology Group) and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).

Sam Karim QC is a leading specialist practitioner in administrative law, court of protection and domestic and international arbitration. Before taking silk, he was a member of the Attorney General Panel of Treasury Counsel for over a decade representing central government in high-profile proceedings. Sam has a particular expertise in serious medical treatments, property and affairs matters in the Court of Protection. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and was admitted as a practitioner in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) Court. Sam is also head of the Administrative/Public Law and the Court of Protection Team at Kings Chambers.

Margaret Parr specialises in family law and has appeared in the Court of Appeal and High Court. Margaret represents parents, children and Local Authorities in care and adoption proceedings. She has experience of complex cases involving sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, substance misuse, mental health issues and neglect. She has experience in deprivation of liberty applications under the Court’s inherent jurisdiction. In private law proceedings, Margaret represents parents and children and is experienced in dealing with intractable contact disputes, implacable hostility and international relocation. Margaret acts in ancillary relief proceedings, including those involving pensions and company assets.

Mark Senior is exclusively a family law practitioner at St John’s Buildings Barrister Chambers. Before joining Chambers, he was solicitor with nine years’ experience, specialising in children law cases. As a solicitor he was a member of the Law Society's national Children Panel and was also a member of the National Counsel for Family Proceedings and the Association of Lawyers for Children. He has continued to specialise in children law cases, acting for parents, children and local authorities in private and public law cases.

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