30 October to 30 November

Conferences and Courses

Your French retreat - a haven or burden?

12 November: Conference
organised by the Franco British Lawyers Society, to be held at the College of Law, 14 Store Street, London WC1, from 5.45pm to 7.45pm. Cost: free. 1.5 CPD hours. Contact Marie-Blanche Camps, tel: 020 7222 3860, email: yfb31@dial.pipex.com.

Security of tenure: advanced; Housing benefit part one
14, 15 November: Courses

organised by Shelter Cymru. Security of tenure to be held at the Sandfields Business Centre Unit 5, Sandfields Business Centre, Purcell Avenue, Port Talbot. Housing benefit to be held at Galeri Caernarfon, Doc Victoria, Caernarfon, Gwynedd. Both courses run from 9.45am to 4.30pm. Cost: £139 each. 5 CPD hours each. Contact Michelle Alexander-Jones, tel: 01792 483 020, email: training@sheltercymru.org.uk.

Can torture ever be justified?
15-16 November: Conference

organised by the University of Hull, to be held at The University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, from 9.20am to 5pm (drinks and dinner from 7pm) on 15 Nov, and 9.30am to 5.30pm on 16 Nov. Cost: £60 to £90. Contact Kayleigh Hadley, tel: 01482 466 055, email: k.hadley@hull.ac.uk.

Push me, pull you - future of justice for children
15-17 November: Conference
organised by the Association of Lawyers for Children, to be held at the Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, from 3.30pm to 7.30pm on 15 Nov, 9.30am to 6pm on 16 Nov, and 9.30am to 1.30pm on 17 Nov. Cost: £60 to £545. 12 CPD hours. Contact Karen Goldthorpe, tel: 01664 569 134, email: karen.goldthorpe@btinternet.com.

Performance coaching for lawyers; Leading and managing people
16 November: Courses
organised by the Solicitors' Coach, to be held at The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Bedford. Performance coaching from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Cost: £95. 3 CPD hours. Leading and managing from 2.30pm to 5pm. Cost: £75. 2.5 CPD hours. Contact: Kate Tingey on 07762 054954, email: kate.tingey@btopenworld.com.

FOIL annual general meeting
21 November: Conference
organised by the Forum of Insurance Lawyers, to be held at London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Queens Street, London EC4, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Cost: £75.5 CPD hours. Contact: Carmela Clarke, tel: 0151 431 1555, email: carmela_clarke@hotmail.com.

Employment and welfare
22 November: Conference
organised by the North Staffordshire Law Society members' employment group, to be held at Ashley Centre, Staffordshire University, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, from 9.30am to 5pm. Cost: £80 (inc VAT). 6 CPD hours. Contact Janice Halpin, tel: 01782 294 175, email: j.halpin@staffs.ac.uk.

Parenting and personality disorders
30 November: Conference
organised by the Independent Social Work Agency Ltd, to be held at Austin Court, 80 Cambridge Street, Birmingham, from 9.15am to 4.30pm. Cost: £229.13 (inc VAT). 6 CPD hours. Contact Jessica Nicholls, tel: 01562 827 878, or visit the news section of www.iswa.ltd.uk.

Lectures and Seminars

The changing responsibilities of local authorities
30 October: Seminar
organised by NAGALRO, to be held at Parents for Children, Angel Gate, 326 City Road, London EC1, from 5.30pm to 8.00pm. Cost: £50 to £75. 2.5 CPD hours. Contact Karen Harris, tel: 01372 818 504, email: nagalro@globalnet.co.uk.

Fraud and forgery in probate disputes and handling matters in the new Court of Protection
7 November: Seminar
organised by Veale Wasbrough Solicitors, to be held at Veale Wasbrough, Orchard Court, Orchard Lane, Bristol, from 5pm to 7.30pm. Cost: £35 (inc vat): 1.5 CPD hours. Contact Emma Pickess, tel: 0117 314 5406, email: epickess@vwl.co.uk.

Clinical negligence seminar and legal update
15 November: Seminar
organised by 9 Gough Square, to be held at the Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2, from 9am to 5pm. Cost £125 plus VAT. 6 CPD hours. Contact John Kerr, tel: 020 7832 0501, email: jkerr@9goughsquare.co.uk.

International trade law and the protection of animals; A year in animal protection: a review of important cases and developments
28 November: Seminars

organised by the Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare, to be held at Matrix Chambers, Griffin Building, Gray's Inn, London WC1, from 6pm to 8pm. Cost: free (but donations to the charity from non-members welcome). 2 CPD hours. Contact Andrew Lutley, tel: 0870 991 5369, email: info@alaw.org.uk.

Events and Meetings

Annual dinner
17 November: Event
organised by the Association of Muslim Lawyers, to be held at The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2, from 5.30pm. Cost: £35 to £55. Contact Humaira Bajwa, tel: 07717 518 961, email: humaira.bajwa@aml.org.uk, or visit www.aml.org.uk to buy tickets.

22 November: Event

organised by the London Lawyers Symphony Orchestra, to be held at St James's Church, 197 Piccadilly, London W1, from 7.30pm. Cost: £8. Tel: 020 7381 0441, email: lawyers.music@hotmail.co.uk.