Instructing an Expert in Children Law Cases

Invaluable guidance regarding what to consider when seeking to instruct an expert in children law cases

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Course Overview

Essential for children law practitioners, this bite size recorded webinar will discuss what a lawyer needs to establish when seeking to instruct an expert in children proceedings.

Experienced lecturer and children law practitioner Safda Mahmood will consider the Part 25 FPR 2010 and will provide viewers with guidance on the necessity to satisfy the requirements in both the Children Ac 1989 and in the Children and Families Act 2014.  Consideration will also be given to Practice Directions 25A – 25F

This is a practical session during which Safda will discuss developing case law in this field such as matters involving hair strand testing and letters of instruction.  The following case law will be explored:

•  Re S (A Child) 2014 EWCC B44 (Fam)
•  Re TG (A Child) 2013 EWCA Civ 5
•  Re H–L (A Child) 2013
•  A County Council v B 2019 EWFC B25  
•  Re Y (A Child) (s.38(6) Assessment) 2018 EWCA Civ 992
•  In the London Borough of Barnet v. T (Mother), G (Father), H (Child) and Alere Toxicology E4 Law Ltd (t/a LEXTOX) and DNA LEGAL (Interveners) 2017 EWFC 64.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • o Understand criteria / requirements which must be satisfied when instructing an expert in children law cases
  • o Be able to identify the stage in child proceedings when an expert should be instructed
  • o Be familiar with official guidance regarding the instructing of experts
  • o Feel confident in your ability to put this information into practice when instructing experts

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for children law practitioners of all levels including paralegals, fee earners, trainees and experienced solicitors



About Instructor - Safda Mahmood

Safda is a senior solicitor, with a public authority, having had practiced in both Private Practice and Local Government. Safda is on the Law Society Children Panel and specialises in Children Law and Adoption. He delivers training across the country and writes regularly for various journals including Family Law Journal, Legal Executives Journal and Law Society Bulletin.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinar

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
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  • Quiz