BSB seeks views on shared parental leave for self-employed barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in barristers, consultations, news, parental rights, self-employment by tracey

‘”Should self-employed barristers enjoy similar rights to shared parental leave as employed barristers?” the Bar Standards Board (BSB) asks in a consultation launched today.’

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Bar Standards Board, 22nd November 2016

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The right of a natural father without parental responsibility to receive notice of adoption proceedings – No. 5 Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in adoption, news, notification, parental responsibility, parental rights by sally

‘This short article examines the law concerning the right of a natural father without parental responsibility to receive notice of adoption proceedings relating to his child.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 19th September 2016

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Separated couple called daughter by different names, court hears – The Independent

Posted August 30th, 2016 in children, custody, family courts, news, parental rights by sally

‘A separated couple called their three-year-old daughter different names, a family court judge has heard.’

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The Independent, 30th August 2016

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Parents with disabilities – Park Square Barristers

‘It is entirely common for care proceedings to involve parents with learning disabilities or difficulties. This case is essential reading for all practitioners involved in such cases. It sets out the expectations on the state (inevitably through a local authority) to provide support to such parents in caring for their children.’

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Park Square Barristers, 23rd June 2016

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Father loses right to care for baby son after social services raise alarm over his ‘risky’ use of apps ‘for the purposes of sexual intercourse’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A 29-year-old unemployed man who wanted to care for his baby son has lost a family court fight after social workers complained about him meeting women online for sex.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th July 2016

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Surrogacy update – June 2016 – Family Law Week

Posted June 30th, 2016 in declarations of incompatibility, news, parental rights, surrogacy by tracey

‘Andrew Powell, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, reviews recent important judgments concerning surrogacy law.’

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Family Law Week, 29th June 2016

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Muslim man loses high court bid to have sons circumcised – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2016 in children, Islam, news, parental rights by sally

‘A devout Muslim has failed to persuade a high court judge to rule that his sons should be circumcised.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2016

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The Bar and shared parental leave – Cloisters

‘Since Shared Parental Leave (SPL) came into force a year ago on 5 April 2015, I have written, lectured and advised widely about this new legal entitlement. The people I have not engaged with much about SPL are barristers – for the key reason that as self-employed professionals rather than employees, they are excluded from this legal entitlement.’

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Cloisters, 7th April 2016

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Wrongful Birth and Wrongful Conception – The Rights of the Father – Hardwicke Chambers

‘The law on recovery for damages in wrongful birth and wrongful conception cases has been settled for some time; since the cases of McFarlane v Tayside Board of Health [2000] 2 AC 59, Parkinson v St James and Seacroft University Hospital NHS Trust [2001] EWCA Civ 530 and Rees v Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust [2002] EWCA Civ 88 there has been little, if any, disruption to the status quo. It is clear however that there do remain some unanswered questions regarding the limits of recovery in this area; one such query arose in the more recent case of Whitehead v Searle [2008] EWCA Civ 285, where the rights of a father in these actions was considered.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 8th April 2016

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Covert Recording by Parents – Nothing to Fear but the Truth? – Family Law Week

‘Farooq Ahmed, barrister of Westgate Chambers and recorder, addresses the legal issues arising when parents embroiled in children proceedings record conversations or events.’

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Family Law Week, 8th April 2016

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Paedophile awarded legal aid in fight to see son, eight – Daily Telegraph

‘Convicted sex criminal, named only as ‘Q’, was given taxpayer funding on human rights grounds to fight lack of contact with son.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st February 2016

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Estranged lesbian couple’s fight over child goes to supreme court – The Guardian

‘The question of whether a seven-year-old girl, caught up in an international dispute between her estranged lesbian mothers, should be subject to British justice is to be decided by the supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2015

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Does Article 8 survive adoption? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 6th, 2015 in adoption, human rights, news, parental rights by sally

‘There has been further consideration of potential post-adoption Article 8 rights for natural parents in a judgment by Peter Jackson J in the case of Seddon v Oldham MBC. There are no surprises in the conclusions he reaches.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th October 2015

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In re Z (A Child) (Foreign Surrogacy: Parental Order) – WLR Daily

In re Z (A Child) (Foreign Surrogacy: Parental Order): [2015] EWFC 73; [2015] WLR (D) 375

‘Since section 54(1) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 provided that in certain circumstances the court might make a parental order on the application of “two people”, it was not open to the court to make such an order on the application of one person only; nor could section 54(1) be “read down” in accordance with section 3(1) of the Human Rights Act 1998 to enable that to be done.’

WLR Daily, 7th September 2015

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Baby boy trapped in legal limbo after family judge rules father has no legal rights over his son – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 8th, 2015 in children, news, parental responsibility, parental rights, surrogacy by sally

‘Child’s genetic father not recognised as parent under UK law despite full agreement of American surrogate mother.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2015

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Finance & Divorce Update July 2015 – Family Law Week

Posted July 21st, 2015 in divorce, financial provision, news, parental rights by tracey

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from June 2015.’

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Family Law Week, 19th July 2015

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UK parents to get power to cancel children’s passports over Isis fears – The Guardian

‘Parents worried that their children may be about to travel to Syria or Iraq to join Islamic State (Isis) will be able to apply for their child’s passport to be cancelled, David Cameron has announced in a speech setting out his five-year counter-extremism strategy.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2015

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Surrogacy agreement breakdowns–what are the issues? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Are new laws needed to cover surrogacy arrangements and modern family set-ups? Mai-Ling Savage, a barrister and specialist in surrogacy, same-sex parenting and fertility law at Fourteen, a specialist family chambers, analyses a recent case which highlights the lack of a clear legal framework to enforce agreements made before the birth of a child.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th June 2015

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Men are treated fairly when trying to get access to their children in courts, study says – The Independent

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in family courts, news, parental rights, residence orders by sally

‘Men are not unfairly represented in family courts and are just as likely to have contact applications approved as women, an academic study of nearly 200 child custody cases from 2011 has concluded.’

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The Independent, 2nd June 2015

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The role of the law, in the matter of Ashya King – OUP Blog

‘Parents of a child diagnosed with a serious illness are immediately required to make decisions about their child’s medical treatment which, in order to save life, may cause pain, unpleasant side-effects and risk damaging their child’s future quality of life. The actions, last summer, of the parents of five year old Ashya King offer just one example of the lengths to which parents will go to secure the best possible treatment for their child; researching alternative treatments, securing second opinions, finding a treatment centre offering innovative or experimental treatment, travelling abroad, selling belongings or otherwise raising funds for treatment. The Internet provides access to a host of information about the side effects and risks of conventional treatment, alternative treatments available across the world – if you can pay for them – and stories of their success.’

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OUP Blog, 22nd May 2015

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