11:00 Marriage Law – challenges, constraints and the options for reform
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Presenter: Professor Rebecca Probert
With a further review of marriage law now announced you won’t want to miss this interactive session with Professor Rebecca Probert, who was the Specialist Advisor to the most recent review of marriage law, ‘Getting Married; A Scoping Paper’, which was undertaken by the Law Commission and published in December 2015. Rebecca is really interested in learning about what celebrants think of the current legal framework and their views on potential reforms.
About Professor Probert
Rebecca is a renowned legal historian who specialises in in the history of marriage in England and Wales. Her work ‘Marriage Law & Practice in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Reassessment’ is widely accepted among legal historians as having overturned previous understandings of the history of common law marriage. Rebecca has appeared widely on television and radio, notably surrounding the marriage of The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles and on BBC’s ‘Who do you think you are?’ in which she threw light on the bigamous marriage of the actress Kim Cattrall’s grandfather. In the run-up to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011, Professor Probert published ‘The Rights & Wrongs of Royal Marriage: how the law has led to heartbreak, farce and confusion, and why it must be changed’ in which she argued the case for rationalising and simplifying the laws which govern royal marriages in Great Britain. She currently holds a chair at Warwick University.