Manchester Metropolitan University’s first annual Family Law Conference.

The Manchester Centre for Law in Society and the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre are proud to present Manchester Metropolitan University’s first annual Family Law Conference.

The conference aims to attract a mixed audience of people who share an interest in family law, including academics, practitioners and students. We will explore a variety of topical family law issues and leave plenty of room for discussion in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

We are delighted to welcome some exciting high profile external speakers as well as taking the opportunity to showcase some of the excellent family law research taking place at Manchester Law School.

Here is the line-up:

  • Rebecca Probert, Warwick University: ‘The women who did: feminism, free love and freedom’. Rebecca will look at the feminist movement’s approach to marriage
  • Marilyn Stowe, senior partner of Stowe Family Law LLP: ‘One couple one lawyer – a solution to the abolition of legal aid on divorce?’ The withdrawal of legal aid from most family law matters has meant many divorcing couples have been left attempting to navigate a very complicated area of law without legal advice, which they cannot afford. Marilyn will explore whether allowing one lawyer to act for both parties is the way forward in the post legal aid landscape.
  • Lucy Reed, Barrister: ‘Transparency? A practitioner’s view from her window’. Lucy is the Chair of the Transparency Project, a charity that aims to make family law and the workings of the family courts clearer to the public. She will provide a personal insight into the difficult issues in this area.
  • Lucy Crompton, Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘McFarlane 10 years on: a critique of the death of compensation’. Lucy will analyse the family courts’ approach to accommodating the impact of a career sacrifice made by one of the spouses, when dealing with the financial consequences of divorce.
  • Edwina Higgins and Kathryn Newton, Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘The parental involvement presumption: “unnecessary risk for too little gain?”’ Edwina and Kathryn will speak about the new parental involvement presumption in Children Act 1989 and especially its potential impact on the voice of the child. We will be reserving extra time for discussion of this highly topical issue, seeking input on the presumption’s effect from both practitioners at the coalface and academics.

The conference is suitable for CPD for practitioners. We hope to see you there.

Admission Cost: £60 or £25 for students and concessions

Link to register: – Registration closes on 19 February 2017.

For more information, please contact Lucy Crompton at Manchester Law School (

2 thoughts on “Manchester Metropolitan University’s first annual Family Law Conference.

  1. Reblogged this on loochlaw and commented:
    I’m really excited to be organising MMU’s first ever Family Law Conference. It has been a steep learning curve and even more time consuming than I had anticipated. It’s been very satisfying to see it gathering momentum.

    I’m also really looking forward to presenting my critique of the courts’ approach to career sacrifice when making financial orders on divorce. It has been a long time in germination since it was the topic of my Masters dissertation back in 2015. I think it will be a better paper for the extra percolating time.

    Come and join us, it’s going to be a great day 🙂


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