The Liver Building

Family Judges Forum 2020


Speaker: HHJ de Haas QC, HHJ Greensmith & DJ O’Neill

Date: Thursday 27th February, 2020

Time: 17:30 - 19:00

Areas of Law: Family

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

Course Code: S4340


Liverpool Law Society is hosting a Family Law Judges’ Forum where solicitors, barristers and associates can put their questions to

HHJ Margaret de Haas QC, HHJ Andrew Greensmith & DJ Philip O’Neill

This is a unique opportunity to interact informally with the judiciary.

Solicitors and barristers are invited to submit questions in advance, in writing, to the Society’s Family Law Specialist Committee.  These will be forwarded to the judiciary so they may fully consider the questions and prepare responses. If there is time on the evening, Judges may also answer some ad-hoc questions too.

The closing date for the receipt of questions is 10.02.20.

The Judges’ Forum will last for approximately 1.5 hours.

Refreshments will be available on arrival from 5pm and the Forum will start at 5.30pm

Speaker Biographies

HHJ Andrew Greensmith was a solicitor until 2011 specialising in financial relief. A former National Chair of Resolution, and Collaborative Lawyer, he has maintained a keen interest in out of court settlement of financial issues through mediation and arbitration. Andrew was appointed a district judge in 2011 and a Circuit Judge in 2018, sitting at Liverpool where he is Lead Financial Remedies Judge for Cheshire and Merseyside.

HHJ 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.

DJ Philip O’Neill was called to the Bar in November 1983. DJ O’Neill was a barrister at the Chambers of David Steer QC at 7 Harrington Street, Liverpool. He was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in November 2000.


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Non-member £30
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