Topic outline

  • Overview

    Our 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

    Please note: Papers and presentations will appear below - as they are presented.

    Hotel floor plan

    • AGM

      9.00-9.30am

      Room: Library

      • 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