Journalists and legal bloggers attending family courts – A Workshop for lawyers

29 January 2019 5.30pm, Gresham College, London

Next week I'll be running this Transparency Project training workshop for lawyers. Please do come if you can.

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In light of the Legal Blogging Pilot implemented through PD36J, The Transparency Project are running a CPD workshop for lawyers interested in brushing up their ‘transparency’ knowledge – whether with a view to taking part in the scheme themselves, or so they feel better prepared for responding to attendances by legal bloggers or journalists in cases where they are instructed. We know that for most advocates the attendance of a journalist at hearings is a rare event, and often catches people by surprise. Even more so where legal bloggers are concerned. What is the law and procedure? How should you advise your client, and how should you respond to any application these reporters might make?

Whilst we are keen to encourage lawyers to become aware of and involved in the legal blogging pilot, the purpose of the event is wider than that – to inform and advise on what restrictions on publication would apply or how the pilot scheme operates in the event that a legal blogger attends court.

Our aim is to assist advocates to best serve the interests of their clients whether parent, child or local authority. We’d also like to take the opportunity to gather any feedback from participants on the issues that may be emerging from the pilot scheme and their experiences of it or worries about it.

Because we want to facilitate frank discussion and enable participants to ask questions about things they are concerned or unsure about, this event is a lawyer-only event and will not be video recorded.

This event is open to any lawyer conducting advocacy in the family court in England & Wales or who would be eligible to attend court under the legal bloggers pilot. Tickets are free, but donations are invited. Ticket numbers limited. Please book via our Eventbrite booking page.

This event has been made possible through the kind sponsorship of Bloomsbury Professional Family Law.

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