Nurse jailed for injecting husband with insulin could have murder conviction quashed, court hears – Daily Telegraph

‘A nurse who spent 15 years in prison for murdering her disabled husband by injecting him with insulin could have her conviction quashed in the wake of new medical evidence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2019

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Woman jailed for drowning three-year-old daughter in bath – The Guardian

‘A woman who drowned her three-year-old daughter in the bath to prevent her estranged husband from having contact with the girl has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2019

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Midwife wins legal battle with CEO ex over £1m home after he promised her half of property in pub – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 15th, 2019 in cohabitation, families, financial dispute resolution, midwives, news by sally

‘A midwife has beaten her CEO ex-partner in a legal battle over their £1 million home, after a High Court judge agreed he promised her half the property during a conversation in the pub 13 years ago.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2019

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The President’s guidance on anonymisation in published judgments – Transparency Project

‘On 7 December 2018, Sir Andrew McFarlane, the President of the Family Division, issued some practice guidance to judges entitled Practice Guidance: anonymisation and avoidance of the identification of children and the treatment of explicit descriptions of the sexual abuse of children in judgments intended for the public arena(see January [2019] Fam Law 68). In it, he refers to a report written by Julia Brophy and published by the Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC) in July 2016 (J Brophy, Anonymisation and avoidance of the identification of children and the treatment of explicit descriptions of the sexual abuse of children in judgments intended for the public arena: judicial guidance, available on the ALC and Nuffield Foundation websites).’

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Transparency Project, 12th March 2019

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Sisters win High Court inheritance battle against millionaire brother – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 13th, 2019 in bereavement, families, news, wills by sally

‘Sisters who fought their millionaire brother for a share of their mother’s estate have won a High Court battle, after a judge agreed that her traditionalist husband forced her to change her will.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th March 2019

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Mother in FGM case ‘betrayed’ three-year-old daughter by mutilating her, as she is sentenced to 13 years – Daily Telegraph

‘The first person to be convicted of FMG in Britain “betrayed” her three-year-old daughter by mutilating her, a judge said, as she jailed her for 13 years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th March 2019

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Court of Appeal decision about orders for post-adoption contact – Transparency Project

Posted March 11th, 2019 in adoption, appeals, children, contact orders, families, fostering, news by sally

‘Re B (A Child) (Post-adoption contact) [2019] EWCA Civ 29 is the first time (since a change in the law in 2014) that the Court of Appeal has considered when an order should be made that an adopted child will have continuing contact with their birth family after he or she is adopted.’

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Transparency Project, 9th March 2019

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No Fault divorces: a new reality? – Family Law

Posted March 7th, 2019 in consultations, divorce, families, marriage, news, reasons by tracey

‘Following mounting criticism from campaigners, the UK could witness the arrival of ‘no-fault divorces’ in the coming months, writes LexisNexis’ Catherine Gleave. The government is preparing a consultation to review the current divorce system, with a view to introduce a reform offer to estranged couples and give them the opportunity to end their marriage without the acrimony of fault-finding divorce proceedings. With such monumental change on the horizon, we discuss the impact of no-fault divorces and make predictions about what the change could mean for the legal world.’

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Family Law, 6th March 2019

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Father jailed for ‘monstrous’ acid attack on his three-year-old son – Daily Telegraph

‘A father plotted a “monstrous” acid attack against his three-year-old son in bid to win custody from his mother, a court has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th March 2019

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High Court rejects evidence from law firm ‘whistleblower’ – Legal Futures

‘The president of the family division has rejected a wife’s application to admit the statement of a “whistleblower” inside her former husband’s legal team who sent the court privileged information.’

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Legal Futures, 5th March 2019

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Surrogacy and HFEA update: February 2019 – Family Law

‘Andrew Powell, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent developments relating to surrogacy law, including new guidance, as well as recent cases.’

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Family Law, 1st March 2019

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Selling matrimonial property – Family Law

Posted March 1st, 2019 in divorce, families, financial dispute resolution, housing, news by tracey

‘Following a separation with a spouse or partner, it is common for a property to be sold. Jason Weeks, CEO & Co-Founder of Vendorable.com, a global platform for real estate services, looks at this issue.’

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Family Law, 1st March 2019

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Shropshire baby deaths: Families could pull out of inquiry – BBC News

‘Families who have alleged failings at an NHS trust could pull out of an inquiry into their babies’ deaths.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2019

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Keeley Barnard: Killer daughter ‘posed no risk’ to mum – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2019 in alcoholism, doctors, domestic violence, families, murder, news by tracey

‘An alcoholic who threatened her husband with a knife “posed no risk” to her mother, who she later killed in “rage and frustration”, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2019

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Analysis: Child Arrangement Order – Family Law

‘According to Azhar Hussain, solicitor-Advocate and head of family at Optimal Solicitors, a child arrangement order may be necessary to resolve disagreements regarding where and with who children will live, or how much time they will spend with a parent or other person with whom they do not live.’

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Family Law, 27th February 2019

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Analysis: Parental alienation and the new Cafcass assessment framework – Family Law

Posted February 27th, 2019 in children, divorce, families, news, parental responsibility, parental rights by tracey

‘Laura Hughes and Rebecca Dziobon, of Penningtons Manches LLP, discuss parental alienation, a form of psychological abuse against both the child and the rejected parent, and which is a concept that is becoming more recognised and understood in the UK.’

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Family Law, 27th February 2019

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Sally Challen: Hammer killer wife in ‘landmark’ appeal – BBC News

‘A woman who bludgeoned her husband to death with a hammer is set to challenge her murder conviction in what is being described as a landmark case.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2019

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James Bulger: Father of murdered toddler in legal bid to reveal more details about killer’s new life – The Independent

‘The father and uncle of murdered toddler James Bulger have begun a legal battle for information about one of the killers, Jon Venables, to be made public.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2019

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Spousal maintenance orders: a meal ticket for life? – Family Law

Posted February 25th, 2019 in appeals, bills, children, cohabitation, divorce, families, financial provision, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘According to Sara Hunt, a knowledge lawyer at Farrer & co, the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Mills v Mills has highlighted the current debate regarding spousal maintenance in England and Wales. Press headlines have focused on the apparent “meal ticket for life” that such orders are said to provide.’

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Family Law, 25th February 2019

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Drug addict who threatened her own grandfather with a hammer jailed – The Independent

‘A woman who threatened her grandfather with a hammer while robbing him to fund her drug addiction has been jailed for four years.’

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The Independent, 20th February 2019

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