President of the Family Division’s Working Group on Medical Experts in Family Proceedings: Symposium on 4 July

FamilyPresident of the Family DivisionSir Andrew McFarlanePractice Guidance

Symposium details:
When: 4 July 2019, from 5-8pm
Where: Court 33, Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London
What: Draft report on shortages of experts, causes and solutions

The Working Group on Medical Experts in Family Proceedings was set up by the President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, to explore the issue of shortages in the availability of medical experts to participate in family cases.

Chaired by Mr Justice Williams, the group is holding a Symposium to discuss the results of a questionnaire sent to medical experts, the judiciary and the legal profession.

In particular, they will be looking to discuss possible solutions to the range of causes which appear to underpin the shortages. The group’s draft report will then be finalised and sent out for consultation.

If you are a medical expert, judge or legal professional working in the family justice system and would like to attend, please email

NB: Numbers are limited. To ensure a spread of attendees from all areas, places will be allocated and confirmed by Friday 28 June 2019.

Prior to the Symposium, a list of issues will be circulated to attendees to guide the discussion.