Man who strangled his mother to death when she told him to move out is jailed for life – The Independent

Posted September 13th, 2018 in families, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who strangled his mother to death after she told him to move out of the family home has been jailed for life.’

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The Independent, 12th September 2018

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Be lenient to parents who abuse their own children if they also care for them, judges told – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 6th, 2018 in carers, child abuse, families, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Parents who abuse their own children should be given leniency if they also care for the child, the Sentencing Council has said. Judges should consider not sending parents to prison if they are the “sole or primary carer” for their children because of the impact this could have on the victim, new guidelines say.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th september 2018

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Families of three dead Windrush victims can claim compensation – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2018 in compensation, deportation, families, illegality, immigration, news by sally

‘The families of three wrongly deported Windrush victims who died before UK officials were able to repatriate them will be able to claim compensation, the immigration minister has told the House of Commons.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2018

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Stephen Port victims’ families say legal funding unfair – BBC News

Posted September 5th, 2018 in families, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news by sally

‘Families of the victims of serial killer Stephen Port say it is unfair that they have to pay for legal representation at inquests into their relatives’ deaths while the police can rely on public money for their costs.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2018

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Mediation Matters: In royal circles and elsewhere, settling family disputes demands an open-minded focus on the future – Family Law

Posted August 23rd, 2018 in arbitration, families, news by sally

‘Apparent disagreements between Meghan Markle and her father, Thomas, before and following her marriage to Prince Harry, have dominated sections of the world’s press this summer.’

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Family Law, 22nd August 2018

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Reflections on family law: What is ‘family’? – Family Law

Posted August 21st, 2018 in cohabitation, families, news, parental responsibility by sally

‘Reflections on family law can occur in the most unusual of places. After a recent delayed flight from London to Chicago (taken by Michael), a couple were asked at customs whether they were family. Both gave conflicting answers: she said yes, and he said no! Over the jet-lagged fueled bickering, it got Michael thinking about how the concept or term ‘family’ can mean different things to different people. It turned out this couple were living together as boyfriend and girlfriend but their difference of opinion on whether they were family members recalled the recent lecture given by the former President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby.’

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Family Law, 17th August 2018

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Shaken Baby Syndrome – legal developments – Six Pump Court

Posted August 17th, 2018 in children, families, forensic science, murder, news, personal injuries by sally

‘This note is intended to set out how medical opinion in relation to and the Court’s approach to “shaken baby syndrome” have developed.’

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Six Pump Court, 22nd March 2018

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British Coal coke oven workers: Widow wins court battle – BBC News

Posted August 16th, 2018 in compensation, damages, families, industrial injuries, miners, news by sally

‘The widow of a coke oven worker who suffered chronic bronchitis because of harmful fumes has won £15,853 in a court battle against the UK government.’

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BBC News, 15th August 2018

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Home Office misled court about treatment of child refugees from Calais, judges find – The Guardian

‘The government “materially misled” the high court about its treatment of child refugees who applied for safe passage to the UK from Calais, giving incomplete evidence that was “a serious breach of the duty of candour and cooperation”, the court of appeal ruled on Tuesday.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2018

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The rise of private FDRs – Family Law

Posted July 31st, 2018 in arbitration, dispute resolution, families, financial provision, judges, news by sally

‘In his last interview for the Family Law Bar Association’s Family Affairs magazine, Sir James Munby ruminated that ‘I should have liked to do more on the money front’. In the same interview, when pondering his next steps, he makes clear, ‘I’m not – and I tempt the fates by saying this – I am not going off to become a private family mediator. I am not going to do private FDRs’.’

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Family Law, 30th July 2018

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Crackdown on divorcing parents who ‘alienate’ children from former partners – Family Law

Posted July 31st, 2018 in children, families, news, residence orders by sally

‘Parents could have access to their children restricted if they try to turn them against their child’s other parent, under a trial process about to be rolled out by Cafcass, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.’

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Family Law, 30th July 2018

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DNA tests on asylum seekers dubious in law, Home Office admits – The Guardian

Posted July 20th, 2018 in asylum, children, DNA, families, news by tracey

‘Asylum seekers who were subjected to DNA swabs to prove their origins may be able to sue the government after the Home Office admitted the lawful basis for taking those samples was “dubious”.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2018

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Women jailed for allowing teenage boy to ‘rot to death’ in Leeds – The Guardian

‘Photographs of a teenager who died at home were “hauntingly reminiscent of starving victims in the extermination camps of the second world war”, according to a judge who jailed his mother, grandmother and sister.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2018

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Home Office ordered to pay £50,000 after child separated from father – The Guardian

Posted July 12th, 2018 in care orders, children, compensation, detention, families, immigration, news by sally

‘The Home Office has agreed to pay £50,000 compensation after a three-year-old girl was left in care while her father was unlawfully placed in immigration detention.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2018

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Churchyard memorials which cause affront and offence – Law and Religion UK

Posted July 11th, 2018 in Church of England, families, monuments, news by tracey

‘Although it is always open for a person who wishes to introduce a memorial, or to modify an existing one, to submit a petition to the consistory court, in Re Holy Trinity Drayton Parslow [2018] ECC Oxf 3* permission was refused inter alia as it was deemed that the proposed alteration would be an affront and offence to the parishioners.’

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Law and Religion UK, 11th July 2018

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Mother and grandmother found guilty of killing teenager ‘left to rot to death’ in bed – The Independent

‘The mother and grandmother of a teenager who died after being “left to rot to death” on an inflatable mattress at their house in Leeds have been convicted of manslaughter.’

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The Independent, 10th July 2018

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Post-Brexit settlement scheme for EU nationals – Technology Law Update

Posted July 10th, 2018 in brexit, EC law, families, immigration, news, treaties by sally

‘The Government has published long-awaited details of the post-Brexit Settlement Scheme for EU nationals in the UK. Details are set out in the Government’s EU Settlement Scheme Statement of Intent.’

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Technology Law Update, 9th July 2018

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Family left woman to die in ‘disgusting’ house – BBC News

Posted July 6th, 2018 in families, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, wilful neglect by tracey

‘A woman who was supposed to be cared for by her daughter and ex-husband was left to die in “disgusting conditions”, a court heard.’

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BBC News, 5th July 2018

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Farming disputes and proprietary estoppel: Gee v Gee – Family Law

Posted July 5th, 2018 in agricultural holdings, appeals, estoppel, evidence, families, news, witnesses by tracey

‘In recent years there has been a procession of farming proprietary estoppel cases, the most famous of which was probably Davies v Davies [2016] EWCA Civ 463, [2017] 1 FLR 1286 with the claimant in that case capturing the media’s attention as the “Cowshed Cinderella”. On 11 June 2018 Mr Justice Birss, sitting in Bristol, handed down judgment on the latest, the case of Gee v Gee & Anor [2018] EWHC 1393 (Ch), [2018] All ER (D) 58 (Jun).’

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Family Law, 4th July 2018

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Home Office separating scores of children from parents as part of immigration detention regime – The Independent

Posted July 5th, 2018 in children, detention, families, immigration, mental health, news by tracey

‘The Home Office is separating scores of children from their parents as part of its immigration detention regime – in some cases forcing them into care in breach of government policy.’

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The Independent, 4th July 2018

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