Topic outline

  • DR Conference 2018

      • DRConf-graphic-2018Keynote address by Jo Berry and Patrick Magee
      • Annual Henry Brown Lecture by Amita Sehgal, Partner of The Balint Consultancy, consultant psychotherapist and collaborative practitioner
      • Workshops from a fantastic line up of speakers covering a range  of DR topics. Delegates will be able to attend two workshops this year
      • Thursday afternoon debate, chaired by Resolution’s National Chair Margaret Heathcote. "If dispute resolutiopn is a four course meal, why is collaborative practice not even on the menu?"
      • Le Café, a fast moving session for delegates to explore a broad range of dispute resolution topics.

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    • Debate: "If dispute resolution is a four course meal, why is collaborative practice not even on the menu?"

      This year's debate is chaired by Resolution's Chair Margaret Heathcote

      • Café sessions

        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

        David Leckie

        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

        Karen Taylor

        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

        Louisa Whitney

        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.

        • The Henry Brown lecture

          Speaker: Amita Sehgal, Partner and Consultant Pyschotherapist, The Balint Consultancy

          • Keynote address

            Speakers: Patrick Magee and Jo Berry of Building Bridges for Peace

            • Workshops

              A. Mediation for modern families 

              Speakers: Natalie Gamble: solicitor and owner of NGA law; and Suzi Denton: solicitor and mediator at NGA law

              Suggested level: beginner/intermediate

              We will explore the challenges for family mediators working with modern families, including children conceived through IVF, surrogacy, co-parenting and known donation, and family structures involving same-sex and transgender parents. Solicitor Natalie Gamble and solicitor-mediator Suzi Denton will give a guide to the family law issues and cover the skills mediators need to work with modern families effecitvely, understanding the dynamics, sensitivities and terminology involved.

              B. Parenting Co-ordination as a solution for your clients 

              Speakers: Gillian Bishop: Director of Family Law in Partnership and Director of FLiP Faculty Ltd: and Felicity Shedden: Consultant at Family Law in Partnership 

              Suggested level: all levels

              Would you like a better way to work with that client, whose files take up half your office and who always phones you with a new problem two months after proceedings concluded? Parenting Co-ordiantion is well established elsewhere as a DR solution with a proven track record for supporting parents trapped in high conflict. Now Parenting Co-ordination has arrived on our shores, this workshop will give you a greater understanding of how it works, when to involve a Parenting Co-ordinator, and how working alongside a Parenting Co-ordinator could help your clients and enrich your own practice.

              C. The future is in the room - how to revitalise (or start) a thriving and rewarding collaborative community

              Speakers: Jo O'Sullivan: Peace-making solicitor, collaborative practitoner and mediator

              Suggested level: all levels

              Come along to find out how to have the best Collaborative POD ever! We will pracitce how to listen (not as easy as it sounds) and how to share authentically with other without causing upset. We will examine what it takes to maintain a healthy and active POD and, what to do when nothing in the POD seems to be going right. This upbeat, fun and interactive session will have you excited about working within you POD (or starting a new one) when you get home.

              D. Arbiration in family finance and children cases - tips and traps

              Speakers: Janet Bazley QC MCIArb: Joint Head of Chambers at 1GC Family Law; and Gavin Smith MCIArb: 1 Hare Court

              Suggested level: intermediate

                • Brief overview of the process
                • Choosing the right case for arbitration 
                • Getting the client and other side on board
                • Chooosing and dealing with the arbitrator 
                • Selecting the right procedure
                • Dealing with safeguarding issues in children disputes
                • Interface with the court
                • Obtaining an order reflecting the award/determination
                • President's Guidance in children disputes [awaited]
                • Challenging the award/determination

              E. Mediation as an international dispute resolution process and the importance of culture and diversity in mediation 

              Speakers: Kim Beatson: Partner and Head of Family Department, Anthony Gold; and Nazia Rashid: Senior Associate, Anthony Gold

              Suggested level: intermediate

              Everyone needs to be up to date about international developments particularly as online mediatior, Skype and Facetime are increasingly part of our practice. We will talk about special factors in international mediaton and pilot projects. We will also discuss cultural and religious issues - how to be alert to these with reference to a case study.