Event Details

Family Law Update

Thursday 26 April 2018 14:00 - 17:15


THURSDAY 26 APRIL 2018– 2.00 – 5.15pm

Registration:             1.45 pm

Venue:                       Carlton Hotel, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, Dorset  BH1 3DN

Parking:                    Please note the entrance to the car park is in Grove Road.   There is no charge for      BDLS delegates to park at the hotel – they will just need to let Reception have their car registration number when they arrive.   The car park has recently been extended so there is now a lot more parking available.   Alternatively there is metered street parking on the roads around the hotel.

Cost:                           £100.00 – Member and Associate Members of BDLS/Trainee Solicitor

                                   £125.00 – Non Member of BDLS                                                            3 hours CPD


To include:

  • Family Law Update
  • Vulnerable witnesses – the new Rule 3A and PD3AA
  • Small money financial proceedings: why are they so difficult? Tips and traps
  • Practice and procedure update
  • Jurisdiction in Children Act cases


This lecture will be presented by DJ Christopher Simmonds, - a District Judge appointed in 2010. He sat initially in the Principal Registry of the Family Division until his transfer to the Western Circuit in November 2015. He is also a nominated District Judge of the Court of Protection, a Commissioner of the Judicial Appointments Commission and one of the Course Directors and the Judicial College (Family).  He is lead at the judicial college.  Before being appointed he was a Solicitor and Partner in the firm of Davis Simmonds & Donaghey specialising in Public Law Proceedings and a member of the Children Panel.  He has written numerous articles on family law to include section 38(6) Applications and Secure Accommodation Orders.

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