Families of 1974 bombings victims turn to crowdfunding after legal aid denied – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 16th, 2017 in costs, families, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news by tracey

‘A campaign group is seeking funds to pay for a judicial review challenging the terms of reference of an inquest into the deaths of the Birmingham Pub Bombings victims after a request for legal aid was denied. Justice4the21 is asking legal professionals to donate what they can to fund a challenge to a coroner’s decision earlier this year to exclude the issue of who was responsible for the 1974 bombings.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 15th November 2017

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Woman jailed for manslaughter after ‘gross neglect’ of her 91-year-old grandmother – The Independent

Posted November 15th, 2017 in elderly, families, grandparents, homicide, negligence, news by tracey

‘A woman has been jailed for three years for the manslaughter of her 91-year-old grandmother, who had been in need of “urgent medical attention”.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2017

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Judges reject challenge over adoption and special guardianship for half-brothers – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 14th, 2017 in adoption, appeals, families, guardianship, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed a case brought against Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council over whether a child should be adopted when his older half-brothers, who lived with the same couple, were to be the subject of a special guardianship order.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th November 2017

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MIAMs: a worthy idea, failing in delivery – Family Law Week

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in arbitration, dispute resolution, divorce, families, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Andrew Moore and Sue Brookes, both of Mills and Reeve LLP, consider mediation information assessment meetings, highlighting the flaws in the process and what can be done to improve the current system.’

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Family Law Week, 31st October 2017

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Muslim father ‘ordered’ by judge not to impose Islam on his children – The Independent

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in care orders, children, families, freedom of expression, Islam, news by tracey

‘A Muslim father whose three children are being cared for by a Christian foster family was told by a judge he must not “pressure” them about Islam.’

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The Independent, 1st November 2017

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Official review backs ‘Hillsborough law’ proposals – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in bereavement, families, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news, reports by tracey

‘An official review of the Hillsborough families’ 27-year ordeal since the 1989 disaster has recommended that bereaved families must have funding for full legal representation at inquests where public authorities are represented.’

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The Guardian, 1st November 2017

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Brexit and the potential implications on couples and families – Family Law

Posted November 1st, 2017 in EC law, families, freedom of movement, news by sally

‘Since joining the EU, the free movement of people throughout Europe has led to an increase in international families in the UK, with more marriages involving people of different nationalities and from different cultures than ever before. The large number of international families in the UK could mean social, economic and legal complexities post-Brexit, with studies already showing that Brexit is causing friction within families.’

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Family Law, 1st November 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Paralysed woman’s life-sustaining treatment ‘can end’, judge rules – BBC News

Posted October 31st, 2017 in euthanasia, families, health, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A paralysed elderly woman whose care became the focus of a family dispute can have her life-sustaining treatment discontinued, a judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 30th October 2017

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Child support legal loophole is closed – The Guardian

Posted October 30th, 2017 in child support, families, government departments, legislation, news by sally

‘Parents will no longer be able to use a legal loophole to dodge paying child maintenance under new rules to be rolled out within months.’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2017

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Covert Recording : A hot potato lob by the Court of Appeal – Transparency Project

Posted October 26th, 2017 in children, evidence, families, family courts, news, social services by sally

‘The Court of Appeal delivered judgment in Re B (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1579 last week. In it they consider (but do not resolve) the question of how the Family Court should deal with evidence obtained by covert recording. Whilst it took the Court of Appeal almost a year from the hearing of the appeal to the delivery of judgment (see our post about the appeal hearing itself here), this particular potato remains red hot. The topic of recording – covertly or overtly, of social workers or children or otherwise – is discussed daily on private groups on Facebook, openly on other social media platforms – and, from time to time, in judgments of the Family Court and by lawyers.’

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Transparency Project, 24th October 2017

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Government appeals against High Court ruling that benefit cap ’causes misery to no good purpose’ – Independent

Posted October 25th, 2017 in appeals, benefits, families, news by michael

‘The Government has launched an appeal against a ruling that its controversial benefits cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children under two.’

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Independent, 24th October 2017

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Birmingham pub bombings: Families to challenge inquest ruling – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in appeals, explosives, families, inquests, news, victims by sally

‘Families of victims of the Birmingham pub bombings have been granted permission to challenge a coroner who ruled out naming alleged suspects during inquests into the tragedy.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2017

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Hundreds of families block organ donation – BBC News

Posted October 20th, 2017 in consent, families, human tissue, news by sally

‘Organs from 505 registered donors could not be made available for transplant in the last five years because of objections from relatives.’

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BBC News, 19th October 2016

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Known Sperm Donor and Co-parenting Arrangements – a cautionary tale – Family Law Week

Posted October 19th, 2017 in agreements, assisted reproduction, children, families, news, parental rights by tracey

‘Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP, considers the legal issues for parties involved in such arrangements.’

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Family Law Week, 18th October 2017

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‘Clumsy’ lawyers risk appeals after judge clarifies family court powers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 17th, 2017 in appeals, consent orders, families, news by tracey

‘A broad interpretation of the family court’s powers risks creating a surge in appeals if “clumsy” lawyers delve into areas beyond their specialism, solicitors fear.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th October 2017

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Family in dispute over care of woman with brain damage – The Guardian

Posted October 17th, 2017 in euthanasia, families, health, medical treatment, mental health, news by tracey

‘A family is in dispute over the ongoing care of a woman with brain damage who had suggested she would want to die in such circumstances, a court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2017

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‘Narcissistic cult’ brothers put into care – BBC News

Posted October 10th, 2017 in care orders, children, families, mental health, news by sally

‘Three teenage brothers should be taken from their mother and put into care, having developed a “narcissistic cult” mentality, a High Court judge has said.’

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BBC News, 9th October 2017

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Divorce and children – is shared care a right or responsibility? – Family Law

Posted October 9th, 2017 in children, custody, divorce, families, news, parental responsibility, parental rights by sally

‘‘I know my rights’ – With that statement a family lawyer will naturally turn to s 2A of the Children Act 1989 and the presumption of parental involvement.
‘Parents do not have rights, they have responsibilities’ – Arguably one is now considering the court’s overriding objective and paramount consideration as set out in s 1 of the Children Act 1989 which highlights the welfare of any child.’

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Family Law, 5th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

LGO criticises failure of council to assess vulnerable young children at risk of harm – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has accused a council of not doing enough to safeguard a family who made multiple appeals for help to protect their younger children from threats of violence made by their teenage son.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th October 2017

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The muslim foster carer case again – what else has emerged? – Transparency Project

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in children, families, fostering, media, news, religious discrimination by sally

‘This week the court held a further hearing, the IRH or Issues Resolution Hearing. In terms of the progress of the case itself, press reports tell us that little AB’s future will be decided at a final hearing in December, meaning that the proposed plan for her long term care is in some way disputed, it seems by the child’s mother. The details are unclear.’

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Transparency Project, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk