Next webinar: Representation of Child Party

Mr Justice MacDonald and Deirdre Fottrell KC

We are pleased to announce our next webinar on 28 February 2024 at 530pm on the Representation of a Child Party.

28 February 2024 5.30pm Online Register here

Two recent Court of Appeal cases raise an issue of some importance as to the representation of children by solicitor guardians in Hague Convention proceedings. The cases raise issues specific to representation of children in such proceedings but also addresses wider principles on acting directly for children.

This webinar will consider : the respective roles of a solicitor and of a guardian once a child has been joined as a party to proceedings; when a child should be separately represented in Hague Proceedings; the role and remit of the solicitor guardian and the admissibility of their opinion evidence.

As stated by Lord Justice Moylan, there is potential for this issue to impact on all private law proceedings and this webinar will be of key importance to any children practitioner . This webinar is not to be missed!

We are delighted that Deirdre Fottrell KC will be presenting this webinar. Deirdre led the ALC’s intervention in the Court of Appeal in C v M (Abduction: Representation of Child Party) [2023] EWCA Civ 1449 and Re D (Abduction: Child's Objections: Representation of Child Party) [2023] EWCA Civ 1047.

We are also fortunate that Mr Justice MacDonald has agreed to chair this webinar; he is to chair a subcommittee to make recommendations as to the appropriate role of a solicitor appointed to represent a child in Hague Convention Proceedings.

Please note this event is only open to members of the ALC.

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