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Family Justice Council Conference and Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture – 24th March 2020


Family Justice Council Conference and Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, 24 March 2020
9.30am – 4.30pm
in Bristol

Adoption in the 21st century

The Family Justice Council will be holding its interdisciplinary conference in Bristol on Tuesday, 24 March 2020.

Hosted by Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division and Chair of the Family Justice Council, the conference will examine issues around adoption in the 21st century and will have as its focal point, the annual Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture. This year’s lecture will be given by Baroness Hale, former President of the Supreme Court.

The primary role of the Family Justice Council is to promote an inter-disciplinary approach to family justice. As an advisory body, it monitors how effectively the family justice system operates. Its membership is drawn from all the key professional groups working in the system. More information can be found at:

The Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture, now in its fourth year, was set up to commemorate the life and work of Bridget Lindley OBE who died in 2016. Bridget served with distinction as a member of the Family Justice Council and as the Family Rights Group’s Principal Legal Adviser and Deputy Chief Executive.

The conference will explore adoption not only in England and Wales, but across Europe and wider, including a presentation from Judge Anni Højmark on non-consensual adoption in Denmark. The day will include a look at Special Guardianship Orders, trends in adoption, tracing family members and contact with birth parents. It will also consider the Wales Adoption Cohort Study on early placement success, conducted by Cardiff University, and hear from an adoptive parent and an adopted child about the challenges they faced.

Speakers will include John Simmonds (CoramBAAF), Professor Julie Selwyn (University of Oxford), Dr Julie Doughty (Cardiff University), Professor Beth Neil (University of East Anglia), Amanda Boorman (founder and chair, The Open Nest charity) and Lucy Reed (family barrister, Chair of the Transparency Project and legal blogger, Pink Tape)

The conference will incorporate group discussions and will culminate in a plenary session.
Attendance will be on an allocation basis only. If you would like to register your interest, please complete the following form FJC conference Invitation and send it to by 5pm on Monday, 2 March 2020.

There is no charge for attending this event.

Please note that the Family Justice Council cannot be responsible for any travel costs.