LAW2020 Online: Family Law

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Elissa Da Costa-Waldman and Govind Singh

CPD Hours: 6


This event is now entirely pre-recorded and includes:

  • High quality 4 x 1 hour pre-recorded videos and audio broadcast (topic titles are listed below)
  • Q&A – a 1-hour Q&A session with our speakers, originally broadcast live in August 2020. “Shape The Debate” is your opportunity to hear our experts answering attendee questions on both the pre-recorded content and general day to day Family Law issues.
  • LAW2020 Online: Family Law online exhibition – you can gain additional hours of CPD, including a choice of webinar from our Distance Learning catalogue worth £35 +VAT.

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Drafting the Letter Before Claim in a TLATA Case presented by Elissa Da Costa-Waldman

Claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act are notoriously risky, unpredictable in terms of outcome and very expensive to run. Family Lawyers often find them difficult because the law is dense and difficult to understand and the procedural framework beyond the family practitioner’s comfort zone. However, it doesn’t have to be this way and cases can be resolved provided they are commenced not by litigation but with a properly constituted Letter before Claim, which is both mandatory and sensible before issuing what can be very costly proceedings. This course examines the general Pre-Action Protocol and what is expected to be included in a letter before claim to lay the foundations for negotiation, and hopefully settlement, rather than litigation.

  • Understanding the CPR Pre-Action Protocol
  • What is the purpose of a Letter before Claim?
  • What do I need to put in it?
  • What documents, if any, should I be attaching to it?
  • Should I be making settlement offers on behalf of my client in the letter?
  • What am I asking of the prospective Defendant?
  • Should I be suggesting non-court resolution at this stage?

Non-Court Dispute Resolution presented by Elissa Da Costa-Waldman

Before Coronavirus struck the courts were having a hard job keeping up with demand. With court closures as a result of the pandemic and remote working becoming the norm, it is clear that our already under-resourced courts, with their pandemic resultant backlog will not be up to speed for many months to come. It is already known in family law circles that post lockdown, when court attendances restart, priority will be given to domestic violence cases and public law children matters. Everything else will be placed on the back burner as cases are being adjourned and vacated, without a new date and lawyers and clients left foundering. However, there is another way – several in fact, in the form of non-court dispute resolution, of which there are many and varied types to enable cases to be progressed to satisfactory outcomes.

  • Negotiation
  • Mediation both Resolution Style and Commercial
  • Collaborative Law
  • Early Neutral Evaluation
  • Private FDRs
  • Family Arbitration

Practically Drafting: Divorce, Finance, Child Arrangements and Domestic Abuse presented by Govind Singh

This session will cover which application forms and documents to use, information on where to find them and how to draft them. The pitfalls to avoid and strengths whilst drafting. Good examples and bad examples will also be provided.

How to Enforce: Private Law, Finance and Costs presented by Govind Singh

In this session, I will be discussing the available options, how to enforce orders made and how to seek costs.

Shape The Debate: Live Q&A hosted by James Evans, at OurFamilyWizard with Elissa Dacosta-Waldman and Govind Singh

Recorded on 6th August 2020 - 13:00 - 14:00

This is your opportunity to hear our experts answering attendee questions on both the pre-recorded content and general day to day Criminal Law issues

LAW2020 Online: Family Law Exhibition

Showcasing the latest products and services, you will have the chance to experience product demonstrations, engage with suppliers and take advantage of exclusive special offers.

Visit the online exhibition and receive a FREE x1 hour CPD webinar of your choice from our 2020 Distance Learning Catalogue - worth £35 +VAT.