Leslie Gadsby, paranoid schizophrenic who murdered his parents, was ‘failed’ by mental health services – The Independent

Posted December 17th, 2014 in families, homicide, mental health, news, reports by sally

‘A man with paranoid schizophrenia who killed both his parents in separate attacks was let down by mental health services in Liverpool, a report has concluded.’

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The Independent, 16th December 2014

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Grandmother poisons sister’s artichokes in bitter feud – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2014 in costs, criminal damage, families, food, news by sally

‘Gillian Leeden ordered to pay sister Lyndsey Glassett compensation after being found guilty of targeting Jerusalem artichokes with weed killer in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2014

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Failures by social services led to death of baby – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2014 in children, drug abuse, drug offences, families, news, pregnancy, social services by sally

‘A vulnerable baby died in Sunderland after being left in the care of her drug-addicted mother following multiple failures by social services, a review has found.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2014

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Social workers must not ‘shy away’ from adoption – top family judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2014 in adoption, families, family courts, news, social services by sally

‘Sir James Munby seeks to head off collapse in adoption placements warning that children could be put at risk by new obsession with keeping them with relatives ‘at all costs’.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th December 2014

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Man who imprisoned his wife at home is forbidden from seeing his daughters – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2014 in children, contact orders, families, news by sally

‘A man who imprisoned his wife in their home and expected her to be a servant cannot be allowed to see his two daughters, senior judges have ruled.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2014

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Legal aid slashed with no thought for consequences, MoJ chief admits – The Independent

Posted December 8th, 2014 in budgets, debts, employment, families, housing, legal aid, news by sally

‘The legal aid bill is being slashed by £300m without research into the potential effect of the cuts, the most senior civil servant at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has admitted.’

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The Independent, 5th Decemeber 2014

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Speech to the Bar Conference – Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

Speech to the Bar Conference (PDF)

Nicholas Lavender QC, Chairman of the Bar Council

The Bar Council, 8th November 2014

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Family Mediation – Boom or Bust? – Family Law Week

Posted November 24th, 2014 in dispute resolution, divorce, families, news by sally

‘Amina Somers, Head of Family Mediation at Goodman Ray, asks what can be done to increase the take-up of family mediation.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd November 2014

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Family pressure group “had no business” in applying for habeas corpus on behalf of mother – UK Human Rights Blog

‘An application for habeas corpus by a pressure group was completely “hopeless” and “entirely misconceived”. The appellant’s challenge to the decision of the judge below was equally devoid of merit. Third party applications are only appropriate where the prisoner is incommunicado or where the impediment preventing the prisoner from acting is ignorance or disability. It was entirely inappropriate in these circumstances, where the prisoner had been represented by counsel throughout the proceedings which resulted in her imprisonment, or where her detention had already ended before the application for habeas corpus was made.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 18th November 2014

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The jail that has reduced violence by helping inmates escape from the gang – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2014 in crime, families, gangs, murder, news, prisons, rehabilitation, young offenders by sally

‘Gang rivalries are driving up assaults in custody, but one prison has cut violent incidents by 75%.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2014

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Tania Clarence sentenced: Husband of depressed New Malden mother who killed children criticises medics for ‘pressuring family to submit to operations’ – The Independent

Posted November 19th, 2014 in disabled persons, families, homicide, mental health, news, sentencing by sally

‘The husband of a depressed mother who killed her three young disabled children has criticised medical professionals for the “constant pressure” placed on the family to “submit the children to operations and other interventions”.’

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The Independent, 18th November 2014

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Judge hits out at system that encourages solicitors to charge barristers referral fees – Legal Futures

‘Mr Justice Green, chairman of the Advocacy Training Council, has condemned the lack of a “level playing field” for publicly funded advocates, which is leading to the practice of “selling litigation rights”.’

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Legal Futures, 13th November 2014

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Post-Adoption Contact: All Change or More of the Same? – Family Law Week

Posted November 12th, 2014 in adoption, contact orders, families, news, parental responsibility, placement orders by tracey

‘Lance Dodgson, barrister of Bank House Chambers, considers the changes concerning post-adoption contact made by the Children and Families Act 2014 and asks what effect they will have in practice.’

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Family Law Week, 11th November 2014

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Unhappy father must stop ‘snide remarks’ about ex-partner’s lesbian lover, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 6th, 2014 in contact orders, families, news by sally

‘Mrs Justice Pauffley suggested the man and his ex-partner should talk about the ‘distress, unhappiness, mistrust and bitterness’ rather than sniping at each other.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2014

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Sperm deal children ‘irredeemably marred’ by four-parent feud – Daily Telegraph

‘Judge warns of trauma ‘unleashed’ by fallout from ‘known-donor fertilisation’ arrangement between former friends.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2014

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Single mother-of-five made homeless by benefits cap turns to Supreme Court over Westminster Council’s attempts at ‘social cleansing’ – The Independent

Posted October 29th, 2014 in appeals, benefits, families, homelessness, housing, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘A single mother-of-five who was made homeless after resisting Westminster Council’s attempt to move the family 50 miles from the capital is applying to the Supreme Court to review her case.’

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The Independent, 29th October 2014

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Judge defends media blackout over death of Poppi Worthington – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2014 in children, families, homicide, media, news, police, reporting restrictions, sexual offences by sally

‘A high court judge has justified a controversial media blackout around the death of a baby in Cumbria by saying possible criminal proceedings could be prejudiced by any reporting of the case.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2014

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Grayling shelves plan to double the fee for getting a divorce – The Independent

Posted October 27th, 2014 in budgets, costs, divorce, families, fees, news by sally

‘The Secretary of State for Justice, Chris Grayling, has quietly shelved plans to nearly double the fee for filing a divorce petition.’

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The Independent, 26th October 2014

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Separated families and bedroom tax – NearlyLegal

Posted October 24th, 2014 in benefits, children, families, housing, human rights, news by sally

‘This was the Liberty backed judicial review of the bedroom tax regulations on the basis that the regulations amounted to an article 8 breach, or an article 14 breach read with article 8, or that the regulations were irrational. At issue was the status of separated families where there was shared care.’

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NearlyLegal, 23rd October 2014

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Robert Cerqua guilty of murdering twin Christopher – BBC News

Posted October 21st, 2014 in alcohol abuse, families, murder, news by sally

‘A man has been found guilty of murdering his identical twin brother in a drunken argument on New Year’s Eve.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2014

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