Today’s Family Lawyer’s First Roundtable Arrives In Birmingham

Today’s Family Lawyer’s First Roundtable Arrives In Birmingham

Today’s Family Lawyer were delighted to host their first roundtable in Birmingham yesterday to discuss key sector news and shine a spotlight on the industry.

Following the successful launch of Today’s Family Lawyer back in the summer of 2019, we have followed in the footsteps of our sister legal news publications, Today’s Conveyancer and Today’s Wills and Probate, to host an engaging discussion on changes, challenges, developments and opportunities in the family law industry.

The inaugural event was held at one of the UK’s oldest and fourth largest chambers, 3PB Barristers, in Birmingham, where an array of family experts gathered together to contemplate key topics in the sector.

The professionals who attended were Tania Derrett-Smith and Fiona O’Sullivan from Weightmans, Manisha Raja (Axiom Stone), Hannah Nicholls (Shoosmiths), Justin Creed (Wright Hassall), Fion Lyon (Simpson Millar), Kirsty Roberts (George Green Solicitors), Emma Roberts (Stephensons), Claire Holland (Holland Family Law), James Brindley (TLO Risk Services), Sara Davison and our two expert speakers, Laura Naser and Adele Ballantyne.

Following welcome and introductions, the roundtable kicked off with the attendees being asked what their biggest challenges were personally, which sparked an interesting discussion amongst the group – with business development, managing clients’ expectations and cost named as the main obstacles.

Our first speaker was Laura Naser, from Penningtons Manches Cooper, author of ‘The Family Lawyer’s Guide to Separation and Divorce’, who gave a captivating presentation on personal branding for family professionals and law firms.

Laura commented on the day saying:

“I like Today’s Family Lawyer because its new, and it explores different mediums when reporting on the family law industry, and I also like the synergy between myself and Today’s Family Lawyer”

After a quick break, Adele Ballantyne, a relationship counsellor, gave an informative and engaging talk about family experts working with clients with challenging behaviour. Adele offers training workshops and one to one for practitioners to help them with challenging clients and also offers emotional support and coping strategies for clients to help them come to terms with the breakdown of a relationship.

Adele commented on the event. She said:

“A fantastic day, I have met some lovely people.”

The event finished by asking professionals what they thought would be the biggest issues in family law in 2020 and feedback on what they would like to read about in Today’s Family Lawyer – and how the publication can support them and the sector as a whole.

Over the next few weeks we will be publishing further in-depth articles on what was discussed at the roundtable. Sign up to receive our free newsletter so you do not miss any updates. If you are interested in attending forthcoming Today’s Family Lawyer events or require more details please email Grace Beech –

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