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Childcare Law CPD event held in conjunction with Dean's Court Chambers

by Samantha Hattersley | 25 October 2017

Here at Sellick Partnership we pride ourselves in adding value to our clients and candidates and supporting continued professional development. The rules on CPD may have changed in recent years from an hours-based system to a more flexible approach centered around self-reflection and self-assessment. However, we know how important it is for our clients and candidates to keep on top of changes within their specialist area of law. As a result of our excellent relationships with local chambers we are able to host a number of informative events each year. One of such event was a free CPD seminar in conjunction with Deans Court Chambers which was held on Thursday 21 September 2017, focusing on recent updates in both private and public children’s law.

Childcare law is always a popular choice for CPD events given that it is a fast-paced and case law based area. Childcare law specialists are generally in high demand amongst our clients given the niche skillset required. However, an increasing number of are currently moving away from legal aid work, leading to a lack of new candidates coming through.

The seminar was led by specialist childcare law barristers Rebecca Gregg, Kate Akerman and Anna Bentley of Deans Court Chambers. Throughout the seminar the speakers talked through a variety of cases of note including those that relate to areas such as:

  • Procedural unfairness
  • Placement orders
  • Judicial reasoning
  • Fostering
  • The trend of naming and shaming solicitors
  • The role of guardians in fact finding
  • Section 25 of the children’s act; and
  • Relocation

We had a great turn out from lawyers of a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience; from those due to be qualified to those who have been in the childcare sector for a number of years. As always we held a networking session after the seminar giving the attendees the chance to mingle and speak with other specialists, offering them the opportunity to grow their network and compare experiences in an informal and friendly setting. Attendees were also given the chance to speak with our team from Sellick Partnership and make suggestions as to what areas of law they would find useful for future events to cover.

To find out more about CPD events we have hosted in the past or we have coming up please get in touch with me by calling 0113 243 9775 or email CPD@sellickpartnership.co.uk. Alternatively you can visit the events page of our website.