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12 March 2019
Family Justice Council Conference and Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture (opens in a new tab)

The most recent Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture was part of the Council’s conference and was given by Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families. The transcript and podcast of the lecture “Care proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water” can be viewed online (opens in a new tab).

13 March 2018
The second Bridget Lindley Annual Memorial Lecture: Transcript and Podcast (opens in a new tab)

The 2018 lecture was given by journalist, Louise Tickle and looked at the impact of social media on the family justice system and family law journalism. It was followed by a panel discussion and Q & A session.

9 March 2017
The Inaugural Bridget Lindley Annual Memorial Lecture: Lecture by Lord Justice McFarlane: Holding the Risk – the Balance between Child Protection and the Right to Family Life (opens in a new tab)

Bridget Lindley MBE
Bridget Lindley MBE

Bridget Lindley MBE

The Family Justice Council hosts a series of annual lectures to commemorate the life and work of Bridget Lindley MBE, who served with distinction as a member of the Family Justice Council and as the Family Rights Group’s Principal Legal Adviser and Deputy Chief Executive.

Bridget, sadly, died on 2 March 2016, at home in Cambridge. The inaugural lecture took place in March 2017.

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1986 and undertaking legal aid work at Darlington and Parkinson in London, Bridget joined the Family Rights Group in 1988. She was appointed to the Family Justice Council in December 2007 as the Parent and Relatives’ representative. While on the Council, she founded and chaired its Parent and Relatives sub-group, involving parents and kinship carers in the Council’s work.

Bridget served with distinction on the Council for more than six years. She brought great energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the role. Bridget was held in high regard by very many people and hugely respected for her tireless championing of the cause of parents, and members of the wider family, caught up in the public law system.