Past events

December 2022

The Family Justice Council held its 15th Annual Debate on Tuesday 6 December 2022, ‘Should remote hearings continue to play a significant role in family cases?’.

The recording is now available to view on the website.

November 2022

The Family Justice Council hosted a Webinar on Wednesday 16 November 2022 entitled ‘How hot IS the water? Tips for dipping a toe into Family Court work as an expert witness’.

It was chaired by Mr Justice Nick Francis. The speakers Dr Mair and Dr Alison discussed their own personal journeys into expert witness work, reflecting on some of the changes and challenges that they have observed over the years.

Watch the livestream recording of the event: FJC Webinar: How hot IS the water Tips for dipping a toe into Family Court work as an expert witness – YouTube

PowerPoint slides for the event ”How hot IS the water? Tips for dipping a toe into Family Court work as an expert witness” (PowerPoint).

Speakers biographies for Dr Alison White and Dr Mair Edwards (PDF).

October 2022

The Family Justice Council held its Experts Committee Symposium: The Long and Winding Road on 12 October 2022 at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The event was hosted by Mr Justice Williams and Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division gave the opening address. The aim of the symposium was to provide both an opportunity to undertake training in subjects of interest to experts, would-be experts and legal professionals but also to review progress in implementing the 22 recommendations of the President’s working group report and to chart a way forward to continue that process.

Watch the live stream presentations from Mr Justice Williams, the President and other conference speakers.

July 2022

Open Meeting – more information will follow

April 2022

Family Justice Council Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture and the annual Conference

Watch the live stream Lecture and clips from the conference speakers

December 2021

The latest Family Justice Council debate:

Family Justice Council – 14th Annual Debate – ‘Should the age of majority be reduced to 16?’

The Family Justice Council held its 14th Annual Debate and panel discussion in London which was live streamed via Microsoft Teams to audiences at home – a first for the event.

Watch the full live stream and clips from the Family Justice Council 14th Annual Debate.

May 2021

Experts and the Family Justice System: Widening the Pool

The Experts Sub-Committee held its inaugural event on 25 March 2021

April 2021

Adoption in the 21st Century and the Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture – March 2021

December 2020

Exploring the report and recommendations of the expert on: Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private LAw Children Cases