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Family Law Update 2017

The latest case-law and developments at a location near you

Essential training providing the very latest case-law developments, legislative and procedural changes from a team of outstanding speakers across all need-to-know topics.

  • Speakers: Aidan Vine QC, District Judge Marc Marin, District Judge Paul Waterworth (retired), District Judge Tacey Cronin, His Honour Judge Edward Hess, Jeremy Weston QC, Jonathan Walker-Kane, Michael Horton, Nigel Shepherd, Philip Way, Crispin Oliver, Ruth Henke QC, Susan Todd, Mark Twomey, Frances Heaton QC, Adele O’Grady QC
  • Date: 24 January 2017 09:00 - 22 March 2017 17:00
Price: £135 + £27 VAT = £162 per delegate - Book your place using the booking form

Coming to you in nine locations across the country with three expert speakers, including a judge, a finance specialist and a children specialist.

With family law’s ever-changing landscape, keeping up to date is a feat made simpler with these informative seminars.

The Family Law Update ensures that you are on top of all the important changes and equips you for your day-to-day practice. Our superb speakers will take you through the key practice areas, including the latest on financial remedies, public and private children law, all things procedural, plus a range of need-to-know hot topics including:
  • ToLATA
  • Enforcement following the law commission report
  • The digital court: Divorce proceedings and beyond
  • Litigants in person
  • Intermediaries and vulnerable witnesses
  • Wardship and inherent jurisdiction
    And much, much more ...

You will also receive high-quality materials which can be referred to time and time again.

Family Law’s annual nationwide seminar series is the essential one-stop shop for all family law practitioners. Unbeatable value for money, this is a training event you cannot afford to miss.

Book now to ensure you are fully up to date so you can advise your clients with confidence.

See the dates, venues and speakers here >>
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    Aidan Vine QC

    Harcourt Chambers Aidan Vine is a barrister at Harcourt Chambers. He is a contributory editor of ButterworthsFamily Law Service and the author of the chapter on care proceedings inInternational Family Law Practice (Jordans). He regularly appears in international family law cases, in...


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    District Judge Marc Marin

Barnet Civil and Family Court Centre and First Avenue House, London Marc sits in the Family Court at Barnet Civil and Family Courts Centre and is also a nominated judge of the Court of Protection, sitting at the main registry at First Avenue House. He hears cases over the full range of these...


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    District Judge Paul Waterworth (retired)

    District Judge Paul Waterworth sat for 23 years until his recent retirement. He was assigned first in the Midlands and later in Devon, where he lives. He has specialised in family work, both as a practitioner and on the bench. He has a wealth of experience in both money and children work, private...


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    District Judge Tacey Cronin

    Swindon Family and County Courts Tacey Cronin is a District Judge sitting in Bristol in the Family Court, the County Court, and the Court of Protection. Before appointment, she was head of the family team at Albion Chambers in Bristol. She is also secretary to the Association of her Majesty's...


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    His Honour Judge Edward Hess

    Portsmouth Family Court Edward was called to the bar in 1985, having read mathematics and then law at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He was admitted to the Middle Temple as a Jules Thorn scholar and became a tenant at Harcourt Chambers in 1986.  He practised as a money specialist until being appointed...


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    Jeremy Weston QC

    St Ives Chambers, Birmingham Jeremy was called to the Bar in 1991 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011. He specialises in the most complex public law and private law cases. He represents local authorities, parents and children (via Children's Guardians) at first instance and appellate...


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    Jonathan Walker-Kane

    Jonathan Walker-Kane is a family law practitioner who specialises matrimonial finance, TOLATA claims arising out of cohabiting relationships, and claims brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He is a popular barrister who attracts a following of solicitors...


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    Michael Horton

    Barrister, Coram Chambers Michael is a Barrister from Coram Chambers who specialises in complex financial remedy cases and in ToLATA disputes (ie property disputes between cohabitees or unmarried couples under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996).  He has particular...


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    Nigel Shepherd

    Partner, Mills & Reeve LLP, Manchester. Family law solicitor with over 35 years' experience. Head of Family Law, Mills & Reeve. National Chair of Resolution 2016-2018.Collaborative practitioner and family arbitrator. Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). Nigel's...


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    Philip Way

    Partner, Mills & Reeve LLP, Leeds I am a partner in our family law team with over twenty years of experience working with divorcing couples. I have a clear, constructive and creative approach to the divorce process. I can use my skills either as a lawyer in the court process, as...


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    Crispin Oliver

    Barrister, Dere Street Barristers Called to the Bar 1990. Head of Family Department of Dere Street Barristers 2012-16. He specializes in financial cases arising from divorce, separation of cohabiting partners and civil partners, notably where there are complex or novel legal and evidential...


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    Ruth Henke QC

    30 Park Place Chambers Ruth is an experienced silk specialising in the protection of and provision of services to children and vulnerable adults. Ruth has a deserved reputation as an expert in her field. Her knowledge of the relevant law is widely acknowledged. She has a reputation as a highly...


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    Susan Todd

    Barrister, St Philips Chambers Susan graduated in law from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. She worked in diverse fields such as international banking and human rights charity work before she obtained an MA in Social and Political Thought from Sussex University. Susan was called to the Bar in 1991...


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    Mark Twomey

    Joint Head of Coram Chambers.  Mark joined Coram in 2005 and is interested in complex cases involving severe injuries, international movement of children and abduction, with a particular expertise in BIIR.  Mark lectures frequently on Adoption, Contempt of Court, BIIR and Abduction, including...


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    Frances Heaton QC

    St John’s  Buildings. Frances is in demand in very complex public law  children proceedings in which the central issues include exceptionally serious  injuries, non-accidental death / murder (child or parent), serious sexual  abuse, child sexual exploitation, very serious neglect, torture,...


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    Adele O’Grady QC

    Adele has over twenty years’ experience acting in a broad range of complex and challenging cases. She has appeared in personal injury proceedings and cases of sexual discrimination, unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. She has also acted in judicial reviews, challenging decisions by...



09:00 Registration 

09:15 See regional sessions here >>


09:30     Registration 

10:00     Financial Remedies Update

  • Case-law update
  • ToLATA
  • Enforcement following the Law Commission report
  • Pensions

10:50     Refreshments

11:10     Practice and Procedural Review 

  • The digital court: Divorce proceedings and beyond
  • Transparency and the anonymisation of judgments
  • Appeals
  • Setting aside financial orders and Barder appeals
  • FPR rule changes: Those introduced in 2016 and those in the pipeline
  • Financial Remedies Unit

12:00     Nature and Effect of Financial Remedy and ToLATA Settlements

  • Nature of ToLATA compromises
    • Subject to contract
    • Informal settlements: Ely v Robson
  • Nature of financial remedy compromises
    • Effect of Xydhias agreements
    • Are they contracts?
    • Collateral agreements: DN v HN
    • Rose v Rose orders
  • Finality of compromises
    • Schedule 1 claims post-divorce
    • Finality of Schedule 1 compromises
    • Collateral attack on earlier compromise
  • Family law arbitration
    • The status of an IFLA arbitration award
    • What happens if one party refuses to accept the award?
12:50     Lunch

13:50     Private Children Law Update 
  • Case-law update
  • Litigants in person
  • Surrogacy

14:40     Afternoon Tea

15:00     Essential Hot Topics 

  • Intermediaries and vulnerable witnesses
  • Secure accommodation orders
  • Inheritance Act applications
  • Family Justice Council guidance on needs in financial remedy cases
  • Radicalisation
  • The use of Section 20 accommodation

15:50     Children Matters: International and Public Law  

  • Case-law update
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Wardship and inherent jurisdiction
  • Child abduction, habitual residence and Brussels II jurisdiction, including Article 15 transfers
  • Adoption
  • Care orders

16:40     Close of Seminar

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Under the Solicitors Regulation Authority, CILEx Continuing Professional Development Schemes and the Bar Standards Board New/Established Practitioner Programmes this event will receive a credit of 5 hours. 5 hours 30 minutes if you also attend the optional morning seminar.

Belfast: Attendees at this event will be entitled to claim 5 hours, 15 minutes of Continuing Professional Development.

Remaining events

Cardiff - Tuesday 28 February
Radisson Blu Cardiff, Meridian Gate, Bute Terrace, Cardiff CF10 2FL
District Judge Tacey Cronin
Ruth Henke QC
Michael Horton, Barrister, Coram Chambers

Exeter - Thursday 2 March
Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel, Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1QF
Susan Todd, Barrister, St Philips Chambers 
Jonathan Walker-Kane, Barrister, Dere Street Chambers
District Judge Paul Waterworth (retired)

Manchester - Thursday 16 March
Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre, 25 Aytoun Street, Manchester, M1 3AE
His Honour Judge Edward Hess
Frances Heaton QC, St John’s Buildings
Nigel Shepherd, National Head of Family Law, Mills & Reeve LLP

London - Wednesday 22 March
Copthorne Tara Hotel, Scarsdale Place, Wrights Lane, Kensington, London W8 5SR
Joanne Grandfield, Head of London Family Team, Mills & Reeve LLP
His Honour Judge Edward Hess
Aidan Vine QC, Harcourt Chambers 


John Fotheringham WS, Shoosmiths

09:00 Registration
09:15 Scots Family Law for English Family Lawyers
  • General structure of Scottish system
  • Divorce: Grounds and patterns
  • Matrimonial property: Differences in definition, valuation and treatment
  • Common law marriage (sic)
  • Cohabitation and the surprising scope of Scots jurisdiction
  • Registered Minute: The holy grail
  • Pre-nups and cohabitation agreements
“Very good day all round, precedents, delivery and location”
Solicitor, Philcox Gray Solicitors

“Usual very high standard”
Barrister, Fountain Chambers

“A fun day, packed with very useful information”
Partner, Silk Family Law
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