Successful Park Square Barristers Seminar DayPark Square Barristers
This weekend Park Square Barristers held its first annual training day for criminal and family law practitioners at Leeds University Law School.
The event – 6 hours CPD and a fine selection of sandwiches – was well attended by barristers, solicitors and undergraduate students. An especial ‘well done’ to the students for making a 9am start.
Your correspondent was attending the family law training and can testify to the quality and breadth of training on offer. Will Tyler QC began the day with a talk on developments in International Family Law, drawing on many appeal court cases in which he has been instructed. The talks were uniformly interesting and practical in their focus on topics including resisting adoption orders; things to look out for in Judgments; handling vulnerable witnesses; finance cases, focussing on lower net worth cases; radicalisation and the family courts. A personal highlight, was Alison Hunt’s talk on surrogacy. The case of the man who asked his own mother to carry his surrogate child, meaning that by virtue of section 33 & 35 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, his son became his brother, will long remain in my memory.
Our delegates in the criminal training enjoyed insights on topical issues pertaining to both evidence and procedure. Of particular importance was Richard Wright QC’s update on the implementation of the Digital Case System in the Crown Courts as we continue to move towards a paperless practice. Other lectures focused on fingerprint evidence, homicide, radicalisation in the criminal courts, the impact of intoxication in sexual offences, updates from the Magistrates Court and a look at the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. Delegates were also treated to an insight into updates in the Regulatory Craig Hassall who leads the established Regulatory team at Park Square Barristers.
All in all the day was a tremendous success. Thank you to all who attended.