The Liver Building

Stand and Deliver! Conducting Effective Advocacy in Child Care Cases


Speaker: Safda Mahmood

Date: Wednesday 29th January, 2020

Time: 10:00 - 16:15

Areas of Law: Family

Competencies: B & C

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

Course Code: S4358


With more pressure on lawyers to do their own advocacy in family courts, it is necessary to become more confident and able in doing so. This course will equip you with essential tips in being able to conducting advocacy in all aspects of child care cases, ranging from emergency orders, interim hearings, fact finding hearings, and case management hearings.

It will enable you to go through a series of hypothetical scenarios in this area. You will have the opportunity to prepare submissions in advance of the course, and which will be typical of those faced in practice.

This course will be of assistance to those lawyers acting for parents, children, extended family members and local authorities.

The topics covered will include amongst others, the following:

  • Understand good advocacy skills
  • Become more confident, despite a ‘difficult’ opponent
  • Effective preparation
  • Calling Evidence
  • Making good opening and closing speeches/submissions
  • Carry out effective examination-in-chief and cross-examination
  • Emergency Protection Order Hearings
  • Contested Interim Care Hearings
  • Case Management and Issues Resolution Hearings
  • Fact Finding Hearings

WHO WILL BENEFIT from attending?

  • Barristers
  • Solicitors
  • Chartered Legal Executives
  • Local Authority Representatives
  • Trainees
  • Support Staff


  • Assistance in being aware of the steps to conducting you own advocacy
  • Understanding the law and procedure, so as to use during advocacy
  • To understand key procedural rules relating to advocacy
  • This course will assist you to improve your confidence and efficiency in carrying out advocacy

Level: Intermediate

Speaker Biographies

Safda Mahmood, is a Senior Solicitor, with extensive experience in both practicing and teaching family law to practitioners, academics and trainees. Safda is on the Law Society Children Law Accredited Scheme. He has written in various legal publications and has been practicing in children law for over 22 years.


Member £200
Non-member £290
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