The Liver Building

2019 Private Child Law Conference *ONLY 2 PLACES LEFT*


Speaker: Various

Date: Tuesday 18th June, 2019

Time: 13:00 - 16:15

Areas of Law: Family

Liverpool Law Society,
2nd Floor Helix,
Edmund Street,
L3 9NY

Course Code: S4300


This year’s must-attend training event for solicitors, barristers and other practitioners involved with private child law. The conference will round-up key developments in law and practice.


Registration & refreshments

Welcome & introduction ~ District Judge Helen Brandon

Recent Changes & Case Law Update ~ Ginnette Fitzharris

  • An update on the topical and recent events in Private Child Law

High Conflict Cases ~ Alan Sanders, CAFCASS

  • Indicators of domestic abuse (coercive control)
  • Child refusal/resistance (Alienation)
  • Assessment and change


Relocation, relocation, relocation - from Cornwall to California, Brighton to Brisbane ~ Kate Burnell, St Johns Buildings

  • How to get your case together
  • Thinking of moving next steps
  • Opposing an application, range of orders to consider
  • Caselaw update


Public law elements that can arise in private law proceedings ~ Rachael Banks, St Johns Buildings

  • Vulnerable witnesses including children
  • Whether children should give evidence


Summary & close ~ District Judge Helen Brandon

Speaker Biographies

Rachael Banks of St John’s Buildings Barristers Chambers, practise, covers all aspects of family law.  She undertakes all types of public and private law cases and has extensive experience acting for parents, local authorities, guardians and the Official Solicitor. She is frequently instructed in complex, multi-party cases involving allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Rachael has developed a particular expertise in external and internal relocation cases.

District Judge Helen Brandon was called to the Bar in 1993. Helen specialised in children law, financial provision, divorce proceedings and personal protection when at her practice in Atlantic Chambers. Judge Brandon sits at The Liverpool Civil and Family Court Justice Centre.

Kate Burnell of St John’s Buildings Barristers Chambers practises solely within Family Law and has specialised in children cases for over 15 years.  She has a particular interest in cases involving complex issues of high conflict and hostility.  Kate regularly acts in cases where there are allegations of abusive conduct and substance misuse.  She has extensive experience across the full range of private law cases including child arrangements orders (contact/residence), specific issue and prohibited steps applications and relocation both internally and externally. Given her dual qualification Kate has advised on enforcement issues involving America.

Ginnette Fitzharris of St John’s Buildings Barristers Chambers practises solely within Family Law and has over 25 years’ experience of dealing with complex private child law cases.  Her experience includes cases concerning implacably hostile parents; concealed paternity; mental illness; drug abuse; domestic violence and rape; foreign jurisdictions and enforcing orders including defending and pursuing committal for breaches; complex specific issue matters.

Alan Sanders is a Service Manager at CAFCASS, an organisation who represent children in family court cases in England. CAFCASS put children’s needs, wishes and feelings first, making sure that children’s voices are heard at the heart of the family court setting, and that decisions are made in their best interests. Operating within the law set by Parliament (Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000) and under the rules and directions of the family courts, they are independent of the courts, social services, education and health authorities and all similar agencies.



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