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13. Child Law Conference
Wednesday 01 April 2020
09:30am - 01:00pm
Prof. Gillian Black, Marie Clark, Nicola Gilchrist and Alan Inglis
Seminar Details:

Child Law Conference

Topics -

Surrogacy and Parentage (Marie Clark)

Same Sex Couples and Children/Parental Rights - (Alan Inglis)
1.     Formation of LGBT families:
2.     Role of donor fathers;
3.     Separation;
4.     Trans parents.

Direct Adoption and Permanence Orders (Nicola Gilchrist)

The Children (Scotland) Bill: sweeping reform or plugging the gaps? (Prof. Gillian Black)


Speakers -

Marie Clark (Faculty of Advocates) - Over the course of Marie's 12 years as a solicitor, her civil litigation practice evolved an emphasis on family and child law. Since calling to the Bar in 1996, she has developed a practice in which these same areas predominate. Marie has extensive experience of all aspects of litigation concerning divorce, financial provision, cohabitation, civil partnerships and every facet of child law. Her cases have encompassed complex jurisdictional issues and human rights elements, petitions for adoption, permanence orders and social work referrals. Marie also does a great deal of Hague Convention work. She has appeared at a senior level in the sheriff court and in the Outer and Inner Houses of the Court of Session. She has also appeared in the UK Supreme Court.

Nicola Gilchrist (Faculty of Advocates) - Nicola specialises in family and child law. She has experience across the board in litigation concerning divorce, financial provision, cohabitation and civil partnerships. Her expertise in child law encompasses all of its many facets, including complex jurisdictional issues, international child abduction, permanence orders and petitions for adoption. Nicola was appointed as an Advocate Depute (Ad Hoc) in 2015 and was appointed as a lead statement taker at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in 2016. Nicola is the current Chair of Scottish Women’s Aid and she is a director of Relationships Scotland. She is also recommended in both the Chambers and Legal 500 UK Bar guides 2019.

Alan Inglis (Faculty of Advocates) - Alan called to the Scots Bar in 2009 after 20 years at the Bar of England and Wales. He is the only specialist family counsel to practise in both Scotland and in England and Wales. An early career as a social worker provided Alan with a thorough grounding in child protection and psychiatric illness issues. His 30 years’ legal experience spans complex and high profile cases; Alan has appeared in many of the ground-breaking cases in England concerning alternative family structures. In 2019 he was appointed as Trustee to the Scottish Child Law Centre. An anonymous posting on Mumsnet describes him as “fierce”.

Dr. Gillian Black (University of Edinburgh) - Gillian is a Senior Lecturer in Law, with teaching and research interests in family law, particularly adult relationships, the parent/child relationship, and heraldry. She also researches contract law, and privacy and data protection. Before joining Edinburgh Law School as a Lecturer in 2005, Gillian qualified as a solicitor with Shepherd & Wedderburn in Edinburgh, working in their Commercial Contracts division, and then spent 18 months as a teaching assistant in the School of Law at the University of Glasgow. She has been published widely, including the latest editions of Woolman and Black on Contract and the Stair Memorial title on Data Protection.

Booking fee: members £100; non-members £160; trainee/paralegal from member firm £30; trainee/paralegal from non-member firm £60




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