The Liver Building

2021 Private Child Law Conference


Speaker: Various

Date: Wednesday 8th September, 2021

Time: 12:45 - 16:20

Areas of Law: Family

Competencies: B


Course Code: S4422


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

Can’t make the date/time or need to revisit the training? No problem, booking onto this event means you will receive a link to access a recording of the event at your leisure! The link will be sent within approx 72hrs of live broadcast & be available for approx. 3 months, to view as many times as you wish.

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Welcome & introduction ~ District Judge Phillip O’Neill

Domestic abuse within private law cases ~ Kate Burnell QC, St Johns Buildings Chambers

  • ‘Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases’ report
  • Coercive control – F v. M [2021] EWFC 4
  • Re H-N and others [2021] EWCA 448
  • Domestic Abuse Act 2021

I’m leaving on a jet plane (if allowed by the court): Tips on the successful pursuit and defence of relocation cases  ~ Ruth Kirby QC, 4 Paper Buildings Chambers

  •  Strategy for optimising the success of an application to relocate including timing and preparation
  • Preparation of C100 and C1a applications
  • How to defend a relocation application
  • Brief update on relevant case law
  • Likely factors applied by the courts and the effect on those factors of covid 19

Alcohol Monitoring - making effective and appropriate use of the latest technology in childcare cases ~ Alpha Biolabs

  • Overview of SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring
  • Introduction to the new SmartMobile breathalyser
  • Scenarios and preferred choices for each approach
  • Opportunity for Q&As

comfort break

International Family Law: A Conventional Approach ~  Teertha Gupta QC, Unit Chambers

  • 1996 Hague Convention – procedure and updates
  • 1980 Hague Convention- procedure and updates
  • The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties 1969
  • The Ghost of Brussels IIa
  • Some practical tips: ‘spotting the point’

Top 10 Private Child Law Update ~ Lisa Edmunds, Unit Chambers

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

Summary & thanks ~ DJ O’Neill

Speaker Biographies

Kate Burnell QC

Lisa Edmunds is Unit Chambers Chief Executive. With nearly 20 years experience and expertise in high level and complex cases, she is one of the leading family law barristers in the country. Her expertise lies both in arguing a case and in cross examining witnesses at trial. In addition, she is often asked to prepare complex legal documents and advise on difficult and sensitive issues. Lisa travels around the country appearing at all levels of the Family Court. She undertakes work in all aspects of relationship breakdowns but specialises in cases relating to children.

Teertha Gupta QC is a specialist senior barrister and trial advocate with over 30 years of experience. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2012 and a (Family) Deputy High Court Judge in 2016. Teertha also sits as a part time Circuit Judge (a Recorder) in the Criminal and Civil courts. His areas of expertise include complex domestic and international children cases such as relocation, cross-border parental abductions and acrimonious contact disputes. Teertha is also the go to person for forced marriage and stranded spouse cases. He has spoken in the House of Commons and was named by Lord Lester in the House of Lords as one of the four senior pro bono lawyers behind the Forced Marriage Civil Protection Bill which became a statute in 2007. Teertha’s practice is widely spread geographically across England and Northern Ireland (and the Eastern Caribbean) in all levels of court from County court to the ECJ. To date, he has been involved in 10 full appeals in the UKSC/House of Lords.

Ruth Kirby QC has practised exclusively in family law with an emphasis on children and Court of Protection work for more than 20 years. She deals with all aspects of private and public family law – both domestic and international including: abduction; wardship and Inherent Jurisdiction cases (including publicity and privacy issues and abandoned spouses); complex disputes concerning children and vulnerable adults; and difficult care proceedings.  She represents high profile families and individuals and has particular experience of involvement in cases (private law and public law) involving ultra religious families from various faith groups.  Ruth is known for mediating good outcomes as well as for fighting the good fight whenever necessary.  Ruth is dual qualified in Ireland and England and has rights of audience before the Irish courts.


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Non-member £155
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