Mother and solicitor sitting in a tree…

This is a case called Re K v D (Parental Conflict) 2015.

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Anonymity for victim of child sexual abuse/exploitation

Birmingham City Council and Riaz 2015.

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Discharge of care order (IRO takes a kicking)

Re X (Discharge of Care Order) 2015.

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Care arrangements for severely autistic man did not deprive him of his liberty

Bournemouth Borough Council v PS and another [2015] EWCOP.

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Opposed adoption – outcome is child being placed with grandparents

Re LG (a child) 2015.

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When journalists ignore source material it is public debate which pays the price

Lucy Reed considers an article that Christopher Booker wrote in The Telegraph, regarding the Minnock case.

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The impact of contact on domestic abuse victims

Family analysis: How will the court approach an application for contact in a case involving allegations of domestic abuse? Ella Calnan, barrister at Fourteen, considers the issues raised in the recent case of Re A.

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Adoption and American immigration

Re S and T (children) 2015.

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A short rant….and….breathe!

The Family Court is easy to criticise, but how would you improve it? Asks Lucy Reed.

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You can run but you can’t hide

The sad case of Rebecca Minnock has provided manufacturers of stilts for nonsense with a bonanza couple of weeks.

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composite threshold – a living example

OCC v B and T 2015.

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adoption and payments

A and Another v Local Authority 2015.

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Social Work, the Courts and the Consequences of Transparency

UNISON have published the results of a survey of around 1000 of their social worker members, the results of which are striking.

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Re X – the Court of Appeal pronounces

The vexed question as to whether P needs to be a party to proceedings for authorisation of deprivation of liberty has now been answered, although not in the fashion that we might have expected.

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Maintenance for life?

Recent decisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal have focused on periodical payments orders, considering whether spousal maintenance orders should be made, for how much, and for how long.

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Rethinking Child Protection Strategy

Researchers from Bristol Law School at the University of the West of England are releasing the first Evidence Briefing to Ministers today from an ESRC funded project entitled ‘Rethinking Child Protection Strategy’.

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Assessment of domestic violence should not be culture sensitive

This recent domestic violence case involving a child and the comments made by Mrs Justice Pauffley have been exciting the interest of both the media those agencies involved in child protection, such as the NSPCC.

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Someone had blunder’d

Re J (A child) 2015.

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“I know it when I see it” – deprivation of liberty

Bournemouth Borough Council v PS 2015.

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“Immigrants who beat their children should get special treatment”

Re A (A child: Wardship) 2015.

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Experts and fairness

The Court of Appeal decision in Re C (a child) 2015 raises a number of important practice points.

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Convention compliance of legal aid exceptional case determination

Lord Chancellor’s Guidance on exceptional case funding.

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Stress-testing Schedule 3: cross-border placements and the Court of Protection

In Re PA, PB and PC [2015] EWCOP 38, Baker J has conducted a detailed analysis of the jurisdiction of the Court of Protection to recognise and enforce foreign protective measures under Schedule 3 to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

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Surrogacy agreement breakdowns–what are the issues?

Are new laws needed to cover surrogacy arrangements and modern family set-ups?

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Medway case part 2 – a lot of practice issues

Following on from the last blog – I don’t often split case discussions, but in this one I felt that the issues over the foster carer and recording was worth a piece on its own.

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Tape recording paying off

Medway Council v A and Others (Learning Disability: Foster Placement) 2015.

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Smokey and the Bandit – “boy adopted due to smoky house”

This story appeared in the Guardian yesterday.  Two year old boy from smoky house to be placed for adoption.

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Unlawfully obtained documents: A new look

In Arbili v Arbili [2015] EWCA Civ 542 a lawyer’s duties in relation to documents unlawfully obtained by a client was looked at afresh by the Court of Appeal.

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Cross-border divorce and maintenance—Lithuania

I recently attended a useful workshop in Vilnius, Lithuania, run by the Academy of European Law.

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Fair family hearings – according to the Court of Appeal

Lord Dyson for the Court of Appeal has recently reversed the decision of HHJ Bellamy (see my post here) who had ordered legal aid to help an unrepresented father in family proceedings.

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