This half-day masterclass is packed full of insights and updates from leading speakers Catherine Wood KC and Ruth Kirby KC of 4PB.

This session will provide a review of current issues in Family Law. The session will focus on good practice and avoiding pitfalls. This is an updating lecture covering the following topics:

  • A Private Law Family Update including:

- Notable developments in Child Arrangements

- Fact finding hearings;

- Dispute Resolution post Pathfinder.

- Procedure and Case Law Update

  • Abduction and tips on the use of the Inherent Jurisdiction
  • The Transparency Pilot -What clients need to know.
  • Domestic Abuse Law and Developments

There will also be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

This masterclass is perfect for regular practitioners, barristers, solicitors and legal execs, practising solely in the field of family law.

The practitioners will be specialist practitioners, not generalists and this would be intermediate level.

The delegates will feel up to date on all areas of changing case law, rules changes and practice points in private law children.

This face-to-face training course consists of a presentation on the day, printed and digital lecture notes to refer to during and after the event.

You will be able to actively listen to the course and ask questions to the speaker on the day, and interact with sponsors.

Maximise learning whilst spending minimal time away from your desk. This half-day conference provides you with 4 hours of learning.

Attendees will receive a certificate of completion after the event closure.

Arrival at 12pm for lunch, the masterclass begins at 12:30pm and ends at 4:30pm.

The £69 +VAT ticket price includes 4 hours of CPD at the event, a sandwich lunch upon arrival and a tea & coffee break in the afternoon. You will also have access to CPD webinars at, including exclusive offers from For Legal.

Of course! Once you select the event, you will have the option to select the number of tickets you want to purchase, then you can follow the instructions on screen. Once your payment has been processed, you will then be asked to assign the tickets to the delegates attending. Each delegate will then receive an email with instructions on how to finalise their booking.

Simply get in touch with to request an invoice, you will need to let us know which event you are booking and how many attendees you need to book.


11:30 - 12:30
Welcome and Lunch
12:30 - 14:10
A Family Law Update
14:10 - 14:30
Sponsor Talks
14:30 - 14:50
Afternoon Break
14:50 - 16:30
A Family Law Update

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Event Information

£69 + VAT

Villa Park Football Stadium,
Villa Park,
B6 6HE
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The ticket price includes:

  • 4 hours of CPD at the event
  • comprehensive notes
  • additional resources
  • access to free CPD content at
  • a sandwich lunch upon arrival
  • tea & coffee break in the afternoon

There are only 4 tickets remaining, please reduce your required quantity below this number.
  • Ruth Kirby KC

    About the speaker

    Ruth Kirby KC

    Ruth has a primarily children law practice but also works in sports law and the Court of Protection. In her children work, she deals with all aspects of private and public law, including using wardship and the Inherent Jurisdiction cases. She has particular experience in representing high profile families and of avoiding going to court where possible. Ruth has been a qualified mediator for 20 years and an arbitrator for 3. She is dual-qualified and acts as an expert witness in Irish and European family law cases. She has rights of audience before the Irish courts. Ruth has lectured for many years including for Middle Temple, the Counter Terrorism Unit at the Met Police (SO15), the FLBA and the Irish Judicial College.

  • Catherine Wood KC CIArb

    About the speaker

    Catherine Wood KC CIArb

    Catherine is one of the country’s leading barristers in the field of private children cases. She is instructed in complex disputes between parents often involving relocation (both international and domestic), allegations of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and alienating behaviours. Catherine is an Arbitrator and a part time judge.

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