Ann Maguire’s family lose legal challenge over inquest evidence – BBC News

Posted August 15th, 2017 in evidence, families, inquests, news, school children, witnesses by sally

‘The widower and children of a teacher murdered by a student have lost their legal challenge against a coroner’s decision not to call pupils as witnesses at a forthcoming inquest.’

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BBC News, 14th August 2017

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Landmark review places family ties at the heart of prison reform – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 10th, 2017 in families, prisons, rehabilitation, reports by tracey

‘Ministry of Justice welcomes Lord Farmer’s recommendations to strengthen family ties to help offenders turn their lives around and protect public safety.’

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Ministry of Justice, 10th August 2017

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London borough wins appeal over housing policy favouring working families – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Ealing has won an appeal over to its policy of reserving certain homes for “working families” and “model tenants”.

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd August 2017

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Self-employed workers do not have the same rights as employees under EU law, confirms the Court of Appeal – Free Movement

‘In the case of Hrabkova v Secretary of State for Work and Pension [2017] EWCA Civ 794, the Court of Appeal confirmed once again that self-employed individuals do not have the same rights as workers under EU law. The specific question in this case was whether a person with a child at school who had been self employed and ceased work might be entitled to claim Employment Support Allowance.’

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Free Movement, 2nd July 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update, July 2017 – Family Law Week

Posted July 7th, 2017 in divorce, domestic violence, families, financial provision, news, statistics by tracey

‘Sue Brookes, Senior Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during June 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 6th July 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Revised Benefit Cap Unlawfully Discriminates Against Lone Parents With Children Under Two, High Court Rules – Garden Court Chambers

‘In a robustly worded judgment handed down today, Mr Justice Collins found the revised benefits cap operated to unlawfully discriminate lone parents with children under the age of two and those children under the age of two.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 22nd June 2017

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Mediation decline may be due to legal aid cuts, government admits – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 30th, 2017 in dispute resolution, families, legal aid, news by tracey

‘An increasing lack of opportunities for contact between clients and law firms brought on by controversial legal aid cuts may have driven the steep decline in the number of family mediation cases, the government has admitted.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 30th June 2017

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Hillsborough families hail ‘the beginning of the end’ in their 28-year struggle for justice – Daily Telegraph

‘The families of the Hillsborough victims have hailed the “beginning of the end” in their 28-year struggle for justice following the decision to prosecute the match day police commander over 95 deaths.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th June 2017

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“Real misery is being caused to no good purpose” – Nearly Legal

‘This was the judicial review of the ‘reduced’ benefit cap – £20,000 pa outside London, £23,000 in London, brought by claimants who were all single mothers with children, including children under two years old. The claim was on the basis that the regulations were discriminatory, either against women as the majority of single parents, or against the children, on the basis that single parents of children under two years old were not able to ‘escape’ the cap by obtaining 16 hours or more a week of employment.’

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Nearly Legal, 25th June 2017

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Cap on benefits for single parents with toddlers ruled unlawful in landmark judgment – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 23rd, 2017 in benefits, class actions, families, government departments, judges, news, poverty by tracey

‘A central plank of the Government’s benefit reform programme has suffered a major setback after a High Court judge ruled it was unlawful and was causing “real misery” to single parents and their children.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd June 2017

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Surrogacy Law / HFEA Update – Family Law Week

‘Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent surrogacy judgments and the latest cases concerning administrative errors relating to consent forms and the HFEA.’

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Family Law Week, 21st June 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Foreign criminals’ deportation scheme ruled unlawful – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (Kiarie) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; R (Byndloss) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] UKSC 42. The Government’s flagship scheme to deport foreign criminals first and hear their appeals later was ruled by the Supreme Court to be incompatible with the appellants’ right to respect for their private and family life.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, June 15th 2017

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Two brothers jailed after keeping mother and sister as domestic slaves in Bradford – The Independent

‘Two brothers have been jailed after they kept their mother and sister as slaves.’

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The Independent, 13th June 2017

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Father wins discrimination case against employer for failing to give him full paternity leave – Daily Telegraph

‘A father has successfully sued his employer for failing to give him full paternity leave rights, in a case thought to be the first of its kind.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th June 2017

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Regina (ZX) v Secretary of State for Justice – WLR Daily

Posted June 7th, 2017 in children, families, law reports, probation, release on licence by sally

Regina (ZX) v Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWCA Civ 155

‘The claimant, a married British citizen of Bangladeshi origin with three children, was convicted on his guilty plea of two terrorism related offences and sentenced in the Crown Court to a term of three years’ imprisonment. Following his release on licence, conditions were imposed on his licence precluding him, inter alia, from having contact with his children save as directed by the National Probation Service (“the NPS”) and local children’s services. He sought to challenge the imposition of those conditions on the basis that the NPS had no lawful entitlement to give a direction separating him from his children, that there was no properly identified risk and that no separation could properly be directed without due compliance with the provisions of the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004 and, if need be, without an order of the Family Court. Permission to proceed with the claim for judicial review was refused on the basis that the grounds raised were not arguable. The claimant appealed on the grounds, inter alia, that the judge had misdirected himself as to the scope and effect of the NPS’s duties under section 11 of the 2004 Act (to make arrangements for ensuring that its functions were discharged having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children).’

WLR Daily, 17th March 2017

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Judge agrees natural father should not be given notice of care proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘A natural father need not be given a copy of a notice of care proceedings where this would create a risk for the mother, HHJ Bellamy has ruled in the Family Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th June 2017

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Dog that killed three-week-old boy belonged to his father – The Independent

Posted June 6th, 2017 in child neglect, children, dogs, families, news by tracey

‘A father who has admitted that he owned the dog which mauled his 20-day-old baby to death, is facing jail. Ryan Young, 32, initially denied owning the terrier-type dog but changed his plea at Newcastle Crown Court.’

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The Independent, 5th June 2017

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Parental Disputes, Religious Differences and the Welfare of the Children – Family Law Week

Posted June 2nd, 2017 in children, education, families, Judaism, news, transsexuals by sally

‘Alex Verdan QC, Sam King and Ruth Kirby, all of 4 Paper Buildings, consider recent judgments in cases involving parental disputes resulting from one parent deciding to depart life in an Hassidic community.’

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Family Law Week, 30th May 2017

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UK wrong to deny residence rights for non-EEA family members of dual nationals – Free Movement

Posted June 1st, 2017 in citizenship, EC law, families, immigration, news by sally

‘The question about what rights are enjoyed by an EU citizen who naturalises as a British citizen becoming a dual citizen is critically important in the context of Brexit.’

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Free Movement, 31st May 2017

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk

Court of Appeal dismisses challenge to rules on Adult Dependent Relatives – Free Movement

Posted May 30th, 2017 in appeals, elderly, families, immigration, news, regulations by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed the challenge brought by campaign group Britcits to the restrictive Immigration Rules on the admission to the UK of parents, grandparents and other adult dependent relatives. The case is BRITCITS v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWCA Civ 368.’

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Free Movement, 30th May 2017

Source: www.freemovement.org.uk