Legal Update for Family Mediators 2021
As mediators we are working ‘in the shadow of the law’ and in order to give accurate legal information and also to enable us to do some of the reality testing that needs to be done, we need to know what the general legal approach currently is. This is, of course, why the current standards require that we show, when we apply for re-accreditation, that we have updated ourselves on recent legal developments. This workshop will review legal developments in the previous 12 months, focusing in particular on some of the most interesting recent cases, and their practical relevance to the families who come to family mediators for help.
Philippa Johnson has been involved (sometimes unwillingly) in legal updating for many years. Having taken her bar exams in 1989, she swiftly decided that litigation would not suit her at all, and went to work for Sweet & Maxwell as the editor of Current Law. Later, having bothered to eat her dinners (an essential part of every barrister’s legal education), she was called to the Bar in 1999 and became the lead law reporter and assistant editor on the Family Law Reports. She now combines a role as lead law reporter on the Family Court Reports with her work as a practising family mediator. Philippa also provides ongoing legal updating to a number of family solicitors and barristers, some of whom even read what she writes.