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Welcome to the Coram 2017 annual conference

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Coram is delighted to welcome delegates from across the country to the 2017 annual conference at etc.venues Monument. The day features a diverse range of speakers and topics with a programme that allows guests to tailor the day to their individual interests.

Mark Twomey QC, our joint head of chambers, will open the day with a review of non-family cases that are relevant to family practitioners before handing over to our practice teams. The rest of the day will feature talks from members of chambers and guest speakers on family finance, private and public children law issues, Court of Protection, alternative families, genetics and wellbeing.

A drinks reception will follow where we will be delighted to publicly welcome our new chambers director Sarah McCarthy, who has been spearheading chambers’ business development since July 2017.

Today’s topics and speakers:

Keynote

Bursting the Bubble – Legal update of non-family law cases for family lawyers
Mark Twomey QC

Family Finance

Variation of spousal maintenance
Jacqueline Marks

Variation of undertakings following Birch v Birch
Anna Ratcliffe

Variation of CMS assessments
Rosanne Godfrey-Lockwood

Bank of Mum and Dad; loans or gifts & intervenors
Sarah Tyler

Inheritance Act
Greg Williams

Undue Influence
Neil Shah

Private Law

Unlocking the child: strategies to ascertain the wishes and feelings of the child in the context of parental alienation
Alison Easton and Victoria Haberfield

Public Law

HRA claims in care proceedings: the dos and don’ts
Mark Twomey QC, Nicholas Horsley and Alex Laing

Adoption update
Nick O’Brien and Helen Harper

Alternative Families

Making sense of gender diversity in an NHS specialist service for children and young people: clinical uncertainties and ethical dilemmas in an emerging field of practice
Dr Bernadette Wren and Dr Sian Granville, Tavistock clinic

Court of Protection

How CoP may affect your existing family law practice: a talk for children’s lawyers & family finance practitioners
Nick O’Brien

Genetics

Rethinking privacy in the age of genetics
Nils Hoppe

Wellbeing

Wellbeing in the legal profession
Rachel Spearing, Chair & co-founder of Wellbeing at the Bar Programme and Wellness for Law, Pump Court Chambers
Also welcoming Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare

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