In this discussion-based session you'll find innovative practitoners keen to share their experience and useful tips. The session is divided into two slots of 40 minutes each.
Table 1: How to grow your collaborative practice
Tasha Bevan-Stewart and Ian Hawkins
Tash Bevan-Stewart, specialist collaborative solicitor, and Ian Hawkins, financial planner, look at how to tackle some of the obstacles collaborative practitioners might face in starting off their practice; and offer practical tips and solutions for those wanting to do more collaborative cases.
Table 2: How can we innovate and evolve as family law professionals?
Melanie Bataillard-Samuel and Thomas Brownrigg
Thomas Brownrigg and Melanie Bataillard-Samuel co-chair Resolution's Innovation Committee. Melanie is a solicitor and member of Resolution National Committee. Thomas is a Resolution accredited specialist and accredited mediator. They are holding a café session to:
- Explain some of the ways Resolution id innovating with its appraoch to family law;
- Discuss their experiences of how family law is evolving and developing new practices and approaches;
- To give other family law professionals an opportunity to share and discuss.
Table 3: Divorce Hotel
Join us for coffee and cake at the Divorce Hotel! Watch a short TV clip about how this Dutch provison of positive divorce has worked in England, find out more from DivorceHotel International's global director David Leckie about how it works in practice, and discuss the necessary requirements for success, and the pros and cons of this method of conscious uncoupling.
Table 4: Reducing parental conflict
Catherine Price and Simon Charles
The Parenting Apart Community Interest Company presents the topic of 'Reducing Parental Conflict'. This interactive conversational session will explore the Parenting Apart Programme and how this can be used as a form of alternative dispute resolution alongside mediation. With emphasis firmly on the well-being of the child, the session will provide an opportunity to discuss how the Parenting Apart Programme can ensure the voice of the child is heard and how the programme is effective in reducing parental conflict. This lively and energetic session will also include opportunities for discussion around Early Intervention and Adverse Childhood Experiences & Trauma Informed Care.
Table 5: The Divorce Surgery: what it is, what it isn't and how it can help your clients
Samantha Woodham and Harry Gates
The Divorce Surgery is a new tool for resolving family disputes. It is unique in that it is the only service of its kind where couples are seen toherher, and can both hear the likely bracket of outcomes from a barrister instructed by both of them. The aim is to harmonise thinking and expectations from the outset, enabling clients then to negotiate in a more focussed and streamlined way. It is powerful for parties to hear the same advice together from an impartial barrister they have both chosen. The Divorce Surgery has been authorised by the Bar Standards Board, as an alternative business structure, and is fully insured by BMIF. Co-Founders Samantha Woodham and Harry Gates, both 4 Paper Buildings, are available to talk you through this new and exciting offering.
Table 6: Mindful Mediation - Using mindfulness to manage professional and client stress in mediation
Rebecca Hawkins and Natasha Brittan
Mindfulness and mediation are natural partners; they both rely on being aware of what is going on without judgment. Through simple techniques and strategies, mindfulness may help clients and professionals learn how to manage difficult challenges before, during or after the mediaton process. These range from talking and listening mindfully, managing high emotions and expectations and bringing awareness to thoughts and feelings. These practices are designed with an emphasis on kindness and gratitude to support wiser and calmer decisions, responsible co-parenting, the ability to 'let go' and to establish a foundation of trust on which to explore future uncertainties and move on.
Table 7: True inter-disciplinary teams in practice
Inter-displinary teams provide clients with a "wrap-around" service designed to meet their specific needs as individuals or couples and ensuring information is not lost through being passed from one professional to another. Learn how working with professionals can enhance your practice and the experience of your clients.
Table 8: Turning your passion for DR into marketing
Did you go into Dispute Resolution work because you are passionate about it and the benefits for clients? Do you have a fire for your work but lack knowledge about marketing and getting your message out there? Would you like to know more about blogging, using social media or email marketing to turn the great work you do into marketing to get more of that work? Louisa Whitney set up her own family mediation practice in 2013 and has learnt a lot about marketing and how to use your passion to educate people about the benefits of dispute resolution. Join her to ask marketing questions and her more about strategies you can put in place to help get more of the work you would like to have.
Table 9: What is so important about self-reflection?
Annemarie Carvalho and Lauren Guy
As family lawyers, how do we take care of ourselves to make sure that we are in turn able to take care of our clients?
Do we take time for self-reflection?
Does the work we do really have less impact on us than it does on the 'caring professions' such as therapists and social workers we work alongside?
And if they get "supervision" shouldn't we?
Some firms are starting to recognise the importance of self-reflection and offering therapeutic supervision for their family lawyers.
Annmarie Carvalho of Carvalho Mediation and Therapy (previously a family lawyer, now non-practicing) and Lauren Guy of Family Law Partners will be co-hosting a discussion about reflective practice and why it is important to look after our own physical and mental health.
They will be sharing their own experiences of how this might work in practice and thinking about potential risks or ethical issues that could crop up, such as confidentiality.