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Law Lunchtime Guest Lecture Series

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Dean, Faculty of Law, invites you to another lunchtime guest lecture series. The next lecture, will be held on Wednesday, April 3 and delivered by Mr. Simon Calhaem of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, Barrister-at-Law. The title of the lecture is “Family Law – Origins and Evolution”.

Summary

Mr Simon Calhaem will trace the history and development of Family Law in Commonwealth jurisdictions, asking whether family law can be said to be ‘special’.    He will compare the principal systems of matrimonial property division in England and Wales with those obtaining in Barbados, emphasising in particular the parallels and departures between the two systems.  To what extent, for example, does s57 of the Family Law Act (Cap.214) draw inspiration from s25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973? What lessons can be learned by each jurisdiction from the other?  Mr Calhaem will also provide a brief practical overview of the interaction between Barbadian and English family law, including international enforcement.  In concluding he will draw upon his broader experience in order to discuss the needs, and possibilities, for reform in this area of law, as well as identify the social pressures currently driving reform in the UK.

Biographical Information

Born in Oxford, England in 1977, Simon Calhaem was educated in Scotland and Staffordshire before returning to Oxford to read Law (Jurisprudence).  After Oxford Mr Calhaem became a constitutional law lecturer at the University of East London and read for his bar exams at the Inns of Court School of Law. Since being called to the bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1999 having won the Sir Thomas More Scholarship, his legal practice has been solely family law and contentious probate. He now practices at the Chambers of Nicholas Francis QC 29 Bedford Row, London and regularly appears in reported cases in the High Court in London and in the Courts of Appeal in England and in the Cayman Islands. He is a member of the Denning Society. Simon combines professional practice with writing and lecturing and has contributed to titles as diverse as Bankruptcy, Divorce, Inheritance and the Prerogative Powers of the High Court.

 










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