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Recent significant public law decisions | Practical and ethical considerations on returning to court

Wednesday 3 June 2020

This webinar is brought to you by barristers from the Garden Court Chambers Family Team and will be chaired by Allison Munroe QC

Date: Wednesday 3 June 2020
Time: 5.15pm-7pm
Venue: Zoom  
Areas of Law: Family Law

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This webinar covered:​

Re Q: When to adjourn a remote hearing?
Rebekah Wilson, ​Garden Court Chambers
In Re Q [2020] EWHC 1109 (Fam), Sir Andrew McFarlane gave guidance on interpreting his earlier judgment in Re P (A child: remote hearing) [2020] EWFC 32 highlighting factors for consideration when deciding whether a final hearing should be conducted remotely or be adjourned during the COVID-19 pandemic.​

Quality of evidence and a contrast of two High Court cases: Two recent judgments by Lieven J
A Local Authority v Mother and Father and SX [2020] EWHC 1086 (Fam)
Maggie Jones, Garden Court Chambers

Return to Work: Practical and Ethical Considerations
Ann Osborne and Allison Munroe QC, Garden Court Chambers
Ann Osborne and Allison Munroe QC will be looking at the lockdown exit strategy for the Family Courts. There are myriad practical as well as personal, health, ethical and socio-economic dimensions to this. These include managing and assessing risk, the consultative process and whether this has been transparent and adequate. The financial imperative and accompanying tensions and pressures of returning to work, whilst being conscious of health and safety risks. The impact upon BAME court users will be discussed as well as issues surrounding safeguarding and the well-being of court users beyond lawyers; namely the staff, lay clients and professional witnesses.

A recording of the webinar can be seen below.

The family team invited delegates to donate to The NAACP, please follow this link to make a contribution if you are able.