Claimant wins High Court battle over decision by council that statutory overcrowding was ‘deliberate act’ – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 26th, 2022 in families, housing, human rights, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘A family from Ecuador has won a judicial review of the London Borough of Southwark’s decision that their dwelling was statutorily overcrowded but this had been caused by a “deliberate act” on their part.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th May 2022

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Independent Review of Children’s Social Care urges shift from crisis intervention, calls for ‘expert child protection practitioner’ role, regional care cooperatives and increased support for kinship carers – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 25th, 2022 in children, families, local government, news, social services by sally

‘The current system of children’s social care is increasingly skewed to crisis intervention and a radical reset is now “unavoidable”, the final report of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd May 2022

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Article by Tonicha Allen and Anna Chambers: No Fault Divorce, Help or Hindrance? – Park Square Barristers

Posted May 23rd, 2022 in chambers articles, divorce, families, marriage, married persons, news by sally

‘On the 6th of April 2022 to the delight of many family practitioners, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (DDSA 2020) instigated a momentous change to divorce proceedings. No fault divorce is now a legitimate way to end a marriage.’

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Park Square Barristers, 11th May 2022

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Billy Henham: Brighton New Year’s Eve party murderers jailed – BBC News

Posted May 23rd, 2022 in bereavement, families, imprisonment, murder, news, sentencing, young persons by sally

‘Four men have been sentenced to a total of 86 years for murdering a “kind and peaceful” man at a New Year’s Eve party in Brighton.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2022

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Archie Battersbee: Judge sets date to decide on future of Southend boy in coma – BBC News

Posted May 20th, 2022 in children, doctors, families, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A High Court judge has set a timetable for decisions on the future of a boy at the centre of a treatment dispute after suffering brain damage.’

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BBC News, 19th May 2022

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Daughter of woman whose corpse was abused loses High Court inquiry fight – The Independent

‘A woman whose mother’s corpse was abused by a necrophiliac murderer has lost a High Court fight with Health Secretary Sajid Javid over arrangements for a public inquiry.’

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The Independent, 17th May 2022

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Herefordshire Council social services separated twins despite expert warnings – BBC News

‘Twins were wrongly split up for adoption after social workers altered an expert report warning of the harm of separation.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2022

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Dual national Pakistani killer who renounced British citizenship loses deportation battle in Court of Appeal – EIN Blog

‘Zulfiqar v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2022] EWCA Civ 492 (14 April 2022). In this important judgment on deportation, dual nationality, foreign criminals, executive powers and duties, proportionality, public interest and the right to respect for private and family life, the Court of Appeal has unanimously held that a person’s status as a foreign criminal status within the meaning of section 32 of the UK Borders Act 2007 and section 117C of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 has to be determined at the date of the decision to make a deportation order.’

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EIN Blog, 13th May 2022

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The Brief: Financial Remedy Update from 4PB – Family Law

Posted May 13th, 2022 in divorce, families, family courts, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Welcome to “The Brief” from 4PB. Each month, we will provide an update of case law, changes to legislation, and outline any new rules in relation to financial remedies procedure. In this first instalment, however, we will cover significant changes since the start of 2022 to ensure that the update is all encompassing and to set the stage for future monthly updates.’

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Family Law, 12th May 2022

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Jessie Earl: Coroner records verdict of unlawful killing Published14 hours ago – BBC News

Posted May 13th, 2022 in bereavement, families, inquests, murder, news, police, suicide, unlawful killing by tracey

‘A woman found dead more than 30 years ago was murdered, a coroner has ruled, following a campaign by her family.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2022

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Ombudsman investigation sees council agree to repay five years of care fee top-ups after it failed to offer affordable alternative placement first – Local Government Lawyer

‘Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has agreed to reimburse “a significant amount of money” to a woman after it did not offer her mother an affordable care home placement, before asking her to pay a top-up towards her mother’s fees.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th May 2022

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Off into the Somerset – Local Government Lawyer

‘The President of the Family Division has issued new guidance on remedying breaches of the Adoption Agency Regulations 2005. Jess Purchase sets out the key points.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th April 2022

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Capacity to litigate – Family Law

‘The Court of Appeal has considered the question of whether it is fair and appropriate for a Court of Protection Judge to visit the person who lacks mental capacity and about whom the Judge is being asked to make a best interest decision.’

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Family Law, 5th May 2022

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Worcestershire pizza shop owner found guilty of murdering and burying his wife – The Guardian

‘A pizza shop owner has been convicted of murdering his wife and burying her body in an unmarked grave that police did not discover for more than six months, despite extensive searches.’

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The Guardian, 3rd May 2022

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Man who killed ‘caring’ grandfather because he reminded him to check on his children jailed – The Independent

Posted May 4th, 2022 in assault, families, homicide, imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for killing a “caring, loving and strong” grandfather because he reminded him to check on his children.’

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The Independent, 4th May 2022

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Children law cases and parents with learning disabilities – Local Government Lawyer

‘Eleanor Suthern reports on a recent Family Court ruling where a judge considered the international elements of the case and also gave guidance on proceedings involving a parent with a learning disability.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th April 2022

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Randhawa v Randhawa: set aside of Decree Absolute on the finding of forged divorce document – Family Law

Posted April 29th, 2022 in divorce, families, family courts, forgery, married persons, news, service, setting aside by tracey

‘The case of Randhawa v Randhawa (Divorce: Decree Absolute, Set Aside, Forgery) [2022] EWFC B7 which came before HHJ Moradifar is most definitely an interesting case, and whilst the facts of this case might not represent many family situations, with increasing numbers of international couples, the issue of whether a divorce is valid is far more common than many think.’

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Family Law, 28th April 2022

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Some practical pitfalls with England’s new divorce law – Family Law

Posted April 29th, 2022 in divorce, families, family courts, marriage, married persons, news by tracey

‘From 6 April 2022 England and Wales has a new divorce law, so-called no-fault. It is the most significant divorce law change since 1969. It introduces an entirely new basis of obtaining a divorce and a new timetable. It will have different consequences for the applicant and the respondent. It allows joint petitions and joint applications for the final divorce. Service will be invariably by email as default service method. In any event, divorce itself is now an almost entirely online process. Nevertheless, however welcome this new law, there are significant flaws in its operation and application, particularly with the adverse impact on the respondent. This note looks at some of these pitfalls in practice.’

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Family Law, 28th April 2022

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Woman sentenced to 20 years in prison over death of asthmatic son – The Guardian

‘A heroin addict convicted of fatally neglecting her seven-year-old son, who died alone in a garden from an asthma attack, has been jailed for 20 years.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2022

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Re H [2022]EWFC 10: Guidance in Learning Disability Cases – Transparency Project

‘The Good Practice Guidance for working with parents with a learning disability was first published in 2007 by the Department of Health / Department for Education and Skills. Fifteen years and two revisions later, awareness of it remains patchy. In Re H [2022] EWFC 10 (19 January 2022), where the mother’s learning disability was a central feature of the case, the children’s social worker admitted that she was unfamiliar with the Guidance.’

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Transparency Project, 26th April 2022

Source: transparencyproject.org.uk