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The 3rd Annual

Bloomsbury Professional
Family Law Conference

17 November 2020 - Online Event

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Full programme

* Timings are currently being adjusted for our Virtual event and are subject to change to those listed below.

Morning session

Children Law


Chair’s Introduction: Her Honour Judge Reardon


Private Children Law: Changes and Developments

Alex Laing and Matthew Richardson, Coram Chambers

  • Changes to the structure of private children law: Cobb J's working group, where are we now?

Surrogacy: The current law and proposals for reform

Martin Kingerley QC, 36 Group

  • An overview of the Law Commission proposals
  • Current practice
  • A ’New Pathway’
  • The future of Parental Orders

International Child Abduction

Nicholas Anderson, 1KBW

  • 1980 Hague Convention
  • The inherent jurisdiction of the court
  • Recent developments
  • Impact of Brexit
11.10am Coffee

Adoption in the New Decade

Leslie Samuels QC, Pump Court Chambers

  • The current legal framework
  • What does the research material tell us?
  • Comparative views, adoption outside of England and Wales
  • Contact to adopted children in the digital age

Vulnerable witnesses in family proceeding

Caroline Harris, 1KBW

  • The system currently in place
  • Recent case law
  • The President’s working group
  • Looking forward

Chair’s Morning Closing Overview Her Honour Judge Reardon

12.55pm Lunch

Afternoon session

Current Issues in Family Law


Chair’s Introduction to Afternoon: Her Honour Judge Reardon


Introduction from Platinum Sponsor, Our Family Wizard


Address from Keynote Speaker: His Honour Judge Hess


Spousal Maintenance - Five Years on from SS v NS: Where are we now?

Nicholas Allen QC, 29 Bedford Row

  • Term orders or joint lives orders - is the pendulum swinging once again?
  • Extension of term orders - is "exceptionality" still required?
  • The renewed importance of budgets
  • Investment return and amortisation after Waggott and O'Dwyer
  • Variation applications - de novo or light touch review?

Tax on Divorce

Sofia Thomas CTA, Sofia Thomas Ltd

  • Changes to CGT from 6 April 2020
  • Changes to taxation and reporting of income
  • Tax planning for couples…HMRCs changing view
  • Making tax digital…increasing transparency of income
3.45pm Tea

Brexit and Related International Family Law Update

David Hodson OBE, The International Family Law Group LLP

  • What happened 31 January 2020?
  • What is the position in 2020, transition period?
  • What will happen after 31 December 2020?
  • What will be global family law opportunities of the UK?
  • Envisaging international innovations and influencing ideas
  • Forum criteria, jurisdiction, marital agreements, ADR and more

Reforming the Family Court – What Does the Future Hold?

Laura Moys, 1KBW

  • The Digital Reform Project;
  • Developments in case management;
  • Financial Remedies Courts;
  • Openness and transparency

Chair’s Afternoon Closing Overview Her Honour Judge Reardon