In the week commencing 9th September 2013 the Chairman and other officers of the Family Law Bar Association will be touring the country to provide training sessions regarding the content and operation of the Pilot Scheme implemented under Practice Direction 36C, with effect from 1st July 2013.

The sessions are open to all family lawyers. The duration and detailed timings of the programme will vary according to local conditions but will be between 3 and 4 hours in duration, will commence in the afternoon between 3 pm and 4.30 pm (save for London – see below), will carry CPD points and will include:

  • A recorded message from the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby;
  • A guide to the Pilot Scheme and the key differences between the Pilot Scheme and the PLO;
  • Consideration of the additional expectations placed upon family lawyers;
  • Enactment of court scenarios with discussion of how judges are likely to deal with the issues raised;
  • Feedback regarding any problems encountered to date;
  • Consideration of local variations and conditions with the DFJ and other local judges and recorders.

The timetable for the week is:

Monday 9th September  –  Leeds, Zenith Chambers [NB Note correction, earlier version stated Manchester]
contact Susan Grocott QC

Tuesday 10th September  –  Cardiff, 9 Park Place
contact Richard Miller

Tuesday 10th September  –  Manchester, Deans Court Chambers [NB Note correction, earlier version stated Leeds]
contact Jayne Pye

Wednesday 11th September  –  Birmingham, County Court
contact Sarah Pritchard

Thursday 12th September  –  Exeter, Combined Court
contact James Rees

Friday 13th September  –  Winchester, Guildhall
contact Douglas Taylor

Saturday 14th September  –  London, Royal College of Medicine
(note: 10 am – 2 pm)
contact Philip Marshall QC

The sessions will be free to members of the FLBA and £30 for non-members. Please book early to avoid disappointment. For further information email:

Download the full flyer here. NB This flyer has been amended to correct some errors.