Did I mention the conference?

I possibly forgot to mention this…

The Transparency Project are once again involved in a multi-disciplinary conference about the child protection system – entitled “The Child Protection System – Where do we go from here?”. This conference, is the second held by its organisers and is intended to be a genuine conversation between professionals of different disciplines AND those whose lives the court and child protection system actually affects. It is being held on 3 June in Birmingham and will be ACE*. The conference will be opened by DJ Gailey, who is a “Diversity and Community Relations Judge” (yes, apparently that’s a thing. Possibly it is just a list of the ones the MoJ thinks its safe to let loose, or possibly it is a bit more serious and skills based than that. I’m pretty confident it’s the latter – see here) and will involve all sorts of other interesting and challenging speakers and participants (Maggie Siviter, Clare Fenton-Glynn, Dr Lauren Devine, Brid Featherstone, Louise Tickle…and bringing up the rear, petite moi).

Do take a look at the information, circulate it to colleagues and friends, tweet it like crazy and share it on all your weird facebook yahoo  google groups – and book a place!

*the author is not responsible for any difference of opinion between me and thee about what constitutes “ACE”.

Multi-Disciplinary Conference to Debate Family Justice Review

St John’s Chambers (my chambers) is hosting a multi-disciplinary conference on 23 March to debate the Family Justice Review and the Government’s response. The conference will take place at Taunton Rugby Club and is to be chaired by the Honourable Mr Justice Ryder.

The event is open to professionals of all disciplines working within the family justice system – lawyers, judges, social workers, guardians, mediators, etc.

You can find out about the event via the St John’s Chambers website here, or download a pdf flyer and booking form here.

The booking fee for legal professionals is £40 + VAT, for social workers and guardians £20 + VAT.

Ancillary Relief Conference

St John’s Chambers will be hosting a conference on Ancillary Relief on 10 Feb. The conference will take place at the Thistle Hotel in Bristol and will include an update on Ancillary Relief (Christopher Sharp QC), as well as sessions on prenups after Radmacher (Jody Atkinson), Conduct (Andrew Commins), Disclosure after Imerman (Paul Lewis), and spousal maintenance (Alison Hawes of Irwin Mitchell). Together Nick Miller and David Lockett (Actuaries for Lawyers) will bring attendees up to speed on pensions.


I confess that a member of St John’s I’m not 100% impartial, but nonetheless it promises to be a comprehensive update on the state of play for ancillary relief practitioners and is accredited for 6 hours CPD. Not bad for £100 + VAT.


To find out more and to book visit the St John’s Chambers website and download a conference programme and booking form or contact Sarah Tune (sarah.tune@stjohnschambers.co.uk).