Working with Litigants in Person in Family Proceedings


Location: Online- Zoom
Date: 17th Sep 2020
Start Time: 11:00 am
Finish Time: 12:00 pm
Tutor: Stuart Barlow

Member Price: £15.00 Ex.VAT £18 inc. VAT

Non Member Price: £20.00 Ex.VAT £24 inc. VAT

Litigants in Person (LIPs) are appearing more frequently in family courts.This can sometimes be a challenging experience for lawyers and the court.

This live webinar will provide guidance on how to conduct a case involving an unrepresented opponent in injunctions, children and financial applications. It gives practical suggestions and help as well as setting out the rules before, during and after a court hearing. It also considers the position of the McKenzie Friend and pressure to reform the courts' approach to their role. The impact of Covid-19 on court hearings will be addressed.

 

This session will cover the following:

  • Reasons why we have Litigant in Person
  • Rules of Engagement
  • Practical ideas in working with a Litigant in Person
  • McKenzie Friends and the Judicial Consultation Response (2019)
  • Costs issues in cases involving a Litigant in Person
  • Case law
  • Impact of Covid 19 Court hearings

Presenter: Stuart Barlow

Stuart Barlow is a solicitor and has over 40 years experience in Family Law and Court litigation. He conducts most of his own advocacy and has dealt with many cases involving litigants in person. He is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and an Accredited Specialist in Private Children and Cohabitation with Resolution. Until January 2016 he was Chief Assessor of the Law Society Family Law Panel and an Adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency. Stuart is also a former external examiner of the Nottingham Law School. He is the author of 'Rights of Grandparents in Children Proceedings' and 'A Practical Guide to Working with Litigants in Person and McKenzie Friends in Family Cases'.


Member Price: £15.00 Ex.VAT £18 inc. VAT

Non Member Price: £20.00 Ex.VAT £24 inc. VAT