In September and October 2015, GCN held a seminar series to accompany the official launch of its specialist family rights team, which draws together members of chambers acting in cases which involve children and cases concerning violence and discrimination against women, particularly with an international, human rights or immigration law dimension. In the December 2015 edition of Jordans Family Law, GCN's Natalie Wilkins was commissioned to write a report of the seminar series.

The report appears at pp 1552-1554 in the "Update Extra" section of the publication.

Family Law - December 2015  (£)


Speakers at the Family Rights seminar series (October - November 2015) included:

GCN's  Lucy Mair  is an experienced immigration and public law practitioner and has a particular interest in parallel immigration and family proceedings including child arrangement cases where the client is subject to immigration control.  She has been involved in a number of JRs regarding trafficking.

GCN's  Kerry Smith is a senior practitioner specialising in immigration, public law and human rights.  She regularly deals with cases involving concurrent immigration and family law proceedings.  Kerry acts in cases concerning violence and discrimination against women and represents survivors of human trafficking and FGM.

GCN's  Natalie Wilkins has an extensive immigration practice and a strong interest in cases involving children.  She is able to represent clients where they have both immigration and family proceedings.

Cris McCurley (Partner, Ben Hoare Bell LLP ) Partner and International Family Law specialist Cris McCurley was named Solicitor of the Year 2014 at the Law Society Excellence Awards.  Cris has devoted her career to helping some of the least visible and most vulnerable in society concerning issues such as slavery, women treated as chattels, forced marriages, child abduction, domestic violence, people-trafficking, sexual exploitation, FGM and honour killings.  

Seminar  papers from the above series are available from