Assessing Competence and Representing Children on Direct Instructions - Training Opportunity


Date: 7 February 2020

Location: St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ

Time: 1.30pm-5pm

The judgment of Williams J in the case of CS v SBH & Ors [2019] EWHC 634 (Fam)  highlighted the importance of solicitors being able to effectively assess the legal competence of children. Following our very successuful training in September we have decided to repeat the training in 2020. Topics for discussion will be:

-          Meeting a child client - the key principles

-          How to assess competence

-          How best to communicate/report wishes and feelings as articulated by a child

-          Lessons from the Judgment of Williams J

-          The relationship between Children’s Guardian and Child’s       Solicitor when representing children

With a mixture of workshops plus our panel discussion with speakers to include: Dr Berelowitz, Rebecca Stevens, Partner at Royds Withy King and Matthew Jeary, Children’s Guardian; this training is highly recommended for anyone who represents children in family law proceedings  .

The cost will be £30 for ALC members; £50 for non-members.

Please contact to reserve your place on a first come first served basis. We are limited on numbers so suggest early booking to avoid disappointment.