Keynote address - Professor Anne Barlow

A session at Dispute Resolution Conference 2014

  • Professor Anne Barlow
  • Jo Edwards

Friday 17th October, 2014

9:15am to 10:15am (GMT)

About the speakers

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Professor Anne Barlow

Joint author of Mapping Paths to Family Justice research project

Professor of Family Law: Associate Dean - Research and Knowledge Transfer and Policy

Anne Barlow joined Exeter Law School in 2004 from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and previously practised as a solicitor in London. She is a Law with French graduate of Sussex University and has also studied at the College of Law, London and the University of Strasbourg.

She has a particular interest in Family Law and Policy, especially the regulation of adult relationships such as cohabitation and marriage, but has also taught and researched in the areas of comparative law, housing law and welfare law and policy.

She has held a number of research grants awarded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, ESRC, Ministry of Justice and the Nuffield Foundation. Currently, she is leading a research project funded by the ESRC on Mapping Paths to Family Justice, looking at Out-of-Court Dispute Resolution of private family law issues.

Anne also leads the inter-disciplinary Network on Family, Regulation and Society and the Leverhulme International Network on New Families; New Governance. Together with colleagues from Bath, Bristol and Cardiff Universities and partner voluntary agencies engaged in family research, the two Networks bring together top international and UK researchers to debate research questions critical to the future of family law and policy.

External Positions, Appointments and Honours

-Awarded status of Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences - 2013
-Member of the ESRC Grants Assessment Panel B, 2010 - 2014
-Appointed as Academic Member of the Family Justice Council, 2011 -
-Vice-Chair of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, 2011 -
-Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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Jo Edwards

Family law partner, collaborative lawyer and mediator at Penningtons Manches LLP; Chair of Resolution

Jo Edwards has been a partner at Manches, now Penningtons Manches, since 2005. She has been a member of Resolution since she qualified in 1998, and was on the committee of London region’s YRes (for new and recently qualified practitioners) in the early 2000s. She was subsequently elected to the London Region committee and served as secretary.

In 2009, Jo was elected onto the National Committee of Resolution, where she has helped Resolution’s policy development, and chaired the DR Committee from 2011 to 2013. Previously, in her role as Vice-Chair, which she held 2012-14, Jo chaired the Regional Liaison Committee, working with regional groups across the country. In 2014, Jo became Chair of Resolution.

Jo is a trained collaborative lawyer and mediator, and is qualified to consult with children in mediation. An active member of the European network of the IACP, Jo has spoken at collaborative conferences and meetings around the world, and represented Resolution at the 2014 IACP Institute in Milan.

In her spare time, Jo is an Independent Visitor for Brighton and Hove social services, mentoring a child in care. She is also a keen globetrotter and, to the irritation of many around her, a passionate devotee of Manchester United.

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Time 9:15am10:15am GMT

Date Fri 17th October 2014


Conference Theatre, East Midlands Conference Centre

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