Manchester Met’s first annual Family Law Conference – 12 November 2016

The Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre is proud to present Manchester Met’s first annual Family Law Conference on 12 November 2016. We are excited to have some eminent speakers from academia and practice discussing a variety of topical family law issues:

  • Rebecca Probert, Warwick University: ‘The women who did: feminism, free love and freedom’
  • Lucy Reed, St Johns Chambers, Chair of the Transparency Project: ‘Transparency? A practitioner’s view from her window’
  • Marilyn Stowe, Stowe Family Law LLP: ‘One couple one lawyer – a solution to the abolition of legal aid on divorce?’

The conference also gives us an opportunity to showcase some of the family law research being done by lecturers at Manchester Met:

  • Lucy Crompton: ‘McFarlane 10 years on: a critique of the death of compensation’
  • Edwina Higgins and Kathryn Newton: ‘The parental involvement presumption: “unnecessary risk for too little gain?”’

We are aiming to bring together a mixed audience of academics, practitioners and students to discuss current issues in family law in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. We will reserve extra time to discuss the new parental involvement presumption because there remains a serious lack of clarity about its correct interpretation and there are concerns about a potential conflict with the importance of a mature child’s views about his or her future arrangements. The conference will provide a valuable opportunity to discuss these issues with contributions from academia and practice.

Please note that registration for the conference closes on 31 October. For further information, please see


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