Topic outline

  • Overview

    keehan-jOur 29th National Conference is taking place at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole on 31 March and 1 April 2017. We welcome all our delegates here with a packed programme of events including plenary sessions and a range of workshops.

    Conference hashtag #ResConf17

    • Introductory plenary

      10:00-11:00am - Friday 31st March 2017

      Room: Palace

      • Welcome by Conference Chair Rhian Gray (Chair, West Midlands region)
      • National Chair’s address, Nigel Shepherd
      • Keynote: "Publicity in Financial Remedy Proceedings" - Mr Justice Keehan


      11:00-11:30am - Tea/Coffee (Kings)

    • Finance Update

      11:30am-1:00pm Friday 31st March

      Room: Palace

      Grant Howell, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

      Andrew Breakwell, Shakespeare Martineau


      1:00-2:00pm - Lunch (Kings)

    • Children Update

      2:00pm-3:30pm Friday 31st March

      Room: Palace

      Elspeth Thomson, David Gray Solicitors LLP

      Samantha Little, Russell-Cooke LLP


      3:30-4:00pm - Tea/Coffee (Kings)

    • Workshops - Session 1

    • Workshops - Session 2

    • Family Justice Question Time

      Moderated by District Judge, Andrew Greensmith 

        • Lord Justice McFarlane 
        • Philip Marshall QC (Chair, FLBA) 
        • Margaret Heathcote (Vice Chair, Resolution) 
        • Lucinda Ferguson (Associate Professor of Family Law, University of Oxford)

      • Workshops - Session 3