London Family Mediation Group - 08.12.16 - 5.30pm - 7.30pm
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London Family Mediation Group - 08.12.16 - 5.30pm - 7.30pm

London Family Mediation Group - 08.12.16 - 5.30pm - 7.30pm

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Arrive from 5.30pm.

6.00pm - 6.30pm: Gemma Vine, Wedlake Bell - “Surrogacy and Consent”

6.30pm - 7.00pm: Una Archer, Help Your Child Thrive - ''What makes a REAL difference for children in divorcing families?''

7.00pm - 7.30pm: Madeleine Reardon, 1KBW - '‘Mediation confidentiality and privilege: common issues and pitfalls’'

About the speakers:

Gemma Vines:

I am a nationally-recognised specialist in Civil Liberties, with particular expertise in inquest law. In 2014 I placed first at the British Legal Awards for my role as an Associate Solicitor and was described by judges as "an exceptional associate with measurable success in a difficult area of the profession".

My current role is with Award Winning Lester Morrill Solicitors who are consistently highly ranked in both ‘Legal 500’ and ‘Chambers’ Guide to the Legal Profession’.

My areas of specialism include Inquests and Actions against the Police. I supervise a team who can assist with these areas in addition to assisting clients who wish to complain against the Police,

I have particular expertise in representing families at Inquests involving deaths in custody and I am proud to have been instructed on a number of high profile inquests. It is very rewarding to have played a part in highlighting cases where there have been system failures in order to prevent future deaths.

Given the public interest which these cases attract, I am experienced in devising strategies for my clients in handling media attention. I am a regular contributor to ‘INQUEST Law Magazine’.

My dedication in representing bereaved families was recognised in 2010, when I was “Highly Commended” in the Junior Lawyer of the Year category at the Law Society Excellence Awards.

I am proud to be closely associated with ‘INQUEST’, a charitable advice service to bereaved people and others on contentious deaths and their investigation. This year, I will run the Brighton Marathon to raise funds in support of their worthwhile work. I am a member of ‘INQUEST Lawyers Group’, ‘INQUEST Lawyers Steering Group’ and the ‘Police Actions Lawyers Group’

For the past two years I have been a voluntary mentor with BPP Law School Leeds’ mentoring scheme, ‘Access to Practice’ where I share my experiences in the hope of inspiring the lawyers of the future.

Una Archer:

Children feel safe when their parents are present and attentive. Having in mind all the emotional and practical turmoil that divorce often brings – this can be a big ask for some parents. Clear guidance about children’s emotional needs and how to respond to them can help divorcing parents cut through their overwhelm, anxiety and be those present, attentive parents.

I am a psychologist (MA) specialising in supporting secure parent-child relationships. I help parents to nurture the relationship with their children so that the children feel safe to share any of their thoughts, feelings or desires and parents know how to respond when they do.

I believe that solid relationship is the key to helping children adjust to a new life after divorce and resolving any of the issues that might have cropped up. More than that - relationship is the main tool that parents have to help their children shape their future.

I’ll be sharing some practical ways to nurture security in the relationship in the upcoming tele-seminar ‘3 Simple Steps to Keep Your Child’s World Intact after Divorce’. By the end of the tele-seminar participants will:

* Have a simple plan that will help them focus your time and energy on supporting their child (rather than worrying about them!)

* Be able to slow down and create more pockets of quality time with their child

* Be able to tell what their child needs from them in that particular moment - simply by observing them

For more details and to register visit: http://www.helpyourchildthrive.co.uk/tele-seminar

Madeleine Readon:

Madeleine Reardon has deliberately maintained a wide and versatile family law practice which covers all areas of children work, both public and private, financial remedy proceedings and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act. She has a particular interest in complex children cases and has recent experience (within the last 12 months) of care proceedings, domestic and international adoption, same-sex parenting (including with an international element: surrogacy and same-sex abduction), internal and international relocation and transfer of residence/intractable contact cases. She has been a recommended junior in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for several years and is currently ranked in ‘Band 1’ of the Legal 500 and ‘Band 2’ of Chambers and Partners. She is frequently led by, and appears against, Leading Counsel.

Madeleine is a trained mediator and part of Chambers’ DRS group. She is available to undertake Early Neutral Evaluations (ENE) and private FDRs.

In October 2010 Madeleine was appointed a Deputy District Judge (Civil) and she sits regularly in the Financial Remedies Unit at the Central Family Court. She was appointed a Recorder in 2015.

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