Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Next steps for family justice in England and Wales - mediation, court reform and protecting vulnerable users

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2020


This conference will look at the next steps for family justice in England and Wales, including:


  • court modernisation;
  • protecting vulnerable users;
  • developing care proceedings; and
  • the use of data and evidence to improve outcomes.

The seminar is timed to take place as the government considers responses to a number of key consultations on the family court structures, including the:


Speakers


There will be keynote contributions from:


  • Sir James Munby, Chair, Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and former President, Family Justice Division, High Court of England and Wales;
  • Neal Barcoe, Deputy Director, Family Justice Policy Division, Ministry of Justice;
  • Adam Lennon, Deputy Director and Service Owner, Family, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service; 
  • Dr Mike Shaw, Consultant, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Tavistock Clinic London, Family Drug and Alcohol Court National Unit; and
  • a senior speaker confirmed from Citizens Advice.

Further confirmed speakers include: Adina Claire, Women’s Aid; Mor Dioum, Victoria Climbié Foundation; Usha Sood, Trent Chambers; and senior speakers confirmed from National Family Mediation and SafeLives.


The agenda


  • Improving data and research evidence in family justice;
  • Problem-solving courts - addressing substance misuse, mental health problems and domestic abuse;
  • The impact of changes to private family law proceedings - protecting vulnerable users and meeting demand and expanding mediation;
  • Supporting victims and ensuring effective legal advice for litigants;
  • Reforming care proceedings in England and Wales - Special Guardianship Orders, improving standards nationwide and innovative approaches to care;
  • Implementing court modernisation; and
  • Next steps for policy.


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Shortly after every Westminster Legal Policy Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates