The Family Court in Lockdown

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How has lockdown affected the Family Court? Gresham Law Professor Jo Delahunty QC chairs a panel of senior lawyers and journalists discussing the issues faced by family courts and by families during lockdown.

How has COVID-19 affected child protection? How have lawyers maintained professional and family links under lockdown?  Have vulnerable clients been locked out from Court and their lawyers? Have families lost face to face contact with babies and children in foster care under social isolation policies and the closure of contact centres? What of the pain of permanent loss: is it humane to have "farewell contact" under COVID-19? Is that happening?

The discussion will explore how the family court is adapting and functioning and how legal professionals are working and coping inside and outside the court.

This will be a frank look at how lawyers are trying to deliver justice to the most vulnerable members of society, especially the child, whether they are succeeding, at what cost, and who cares.

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This event was on Thu, 25 Jun 2020

Jo Delahunty QC

Professor Jo Delahunty

Professor of Law

Professor Jo Delahunty QC is one of the UK’s leading barristers specialising in cases concerned with families and children. She was Gresham Professor of Law between 2016 and 2020.

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Louise Tickle

Freelance journalist Louise Tickle specialises in education, social affairs and the family justice system. She has written extensively on domestic abuse, the effects of poverty on children’s education and child protection.

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Lucy Reed

Lucy Reed is a children law specialist barrister based at St John’s Chambers in Bristol and her practice is predominantly care, adoption and complex private law work.

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Cyrus Larizadeh QC

Cyrus Larizadeh QC is a member of 4 Paper Buildings Chambers. He specialises in the most serious and complex Public and Private Law cases in all matters relating to children.

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