Croydon tram crash deaths were accidental, inquest rules – The Guardian

Posted July 23rd, 2021 in accidents, bereavement, families, health & safety, inquests, news, transport, victims by sally

‘The deaths of seven passengers in the Croydon tram crash were accidental, the jury at the coroner’s inquest in south London has decided, in a verdict met with anger by families of the victims.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2021

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Malakai Watts death: Mum Chelsea Cuthbertson jailed for manslaughter – BBC News

‘A mother who killed her one-month-old baby when she was “angry and stressed” over a row with her partner has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2021

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Child protection investigations – no further action necessary? – Transparency Project

Posted July 23rd, 2021 in care orders, children, families, local government, news, social services by sally

‘Are hundreds of thousands of families being put through unnecessary investigations by unchecked social workers? That’s the suggestion made by a succession of recent news stories, some prompted by the first report of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care. Services are ‘too focused on investigating families’, went the BBC; ‘innocent families have been traumatised by groundless investigations’, said The Times as part of a series on the issue, elsewhere reporting that ‘councils … launch abuse investigations based on a single unexplained mark’, and asserting ‘social workers too quick to wade in’, quoting the Review’s chair, Josh Macalister, as saying that social workers are ‘investigating first when [they] should be helping’.’

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Transparency Project, 23rd July 2021

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Judge praises council for “brave but proper decision” to end care proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has praised the London Borough of Bromley for its “brave but proper decision” to end care proceedings in case where a child was suspected to have suffered deliberate injury but was later found not to.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd July 2021

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30 years of the Child Support Act – House of Commons Library

Posted July 21st, 2021 in children, divorce, families, financial provision, legal history, news, parliament by sally

‘The UK’s formal system for child support arrangements between separated families, without involving the courts, is provided by the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). This succeeded the Child Support Agency (CSA), first established in 1993 with the Child Support Act 1991.’

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House of Commons Library, 20th July 2021

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Oldham murder: Man jailed for killing ex-wife over house sale – BBC News

Posted July 21st, 2021 in families, imprisonment, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who murdered his ex-wife after being told he would have to move out of the family home has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 20th July 2021

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Applying the CMS Formula in High Income Cases – Family Law Week

‘Joshua Viney, barrister, and Henry Pritchard, pupil barrister, both of 1 Hare Court, explore the circumstances in which it might be unfair to apply the CMS formula.’

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Family Law Week, 14th July 2021

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Zimbabwean nationals with British children rounded up for deportation – The Independent

‘Zimbabwean nationals who have been in the UK for decades and have British children are being rounded up for removal on a charter flight to Harare next week, The Independent can reveal.’

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The Independent, 15th July 2021

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Court of Appeal allows appeal by council as judgment in childcare proceedings did not contain required analysis of competing options – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 14th, 2021 in adoption, appeals, care orders, children, families, judges, local government, news by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by a council over a judge’s order that effectively rejected the local authority’s care plan for adoption for an 18-month-old child (A).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th July 2021

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A de-facto problem – Family Law

Posted July 12th, 2021 in cohabitation, families, financial dispute resolution, marriage, news by tracey

‘Should cohabiting couples be permitted to bring more comprehensive financial applications to court upon separation? This longstanding discussion amongst family lawyers in England continues and will continue afresh in the wake of the recent House of Commons Briefing Paper “Common law marriage” and Cohabitation published on 4 May 2021.’

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Family Law, 8th July 2021

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CGT and Divorce – changes ahead? – Family Law Week

Posted July 12th, 2021 in divorce, families, financial dispute resolution, news, taxation by tracey

‘Jo Carr-West and Lara Barton, partners at Hunters Law LLP, explain recent recommendations that would assist divorcing couples in minimising and managing the CGT implications of separating their financial affairs.’

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Family Law Week, 10th July 2021

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Murder cases reopened in wake of Sally Challen appeal – The Guardian

‘A number of murder cases are being re-examined to investigate possible unsafe convictions where coercive and controlling behaviour may not have been available as a defence, the Observer can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 10th July 2021

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Family Court judge issues ruling to highlight successful use of “Resolutions Model” – Local Government Lawyer

‘A mother and daughter have been reunited under the rarely used ‘Resolutions Model’ by the Family Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th July 2021

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The Lachaux libel case returns with an expensive result for the publishers – Transparency Project

‘This post is not about family law; it’s about defamation law. It involves alleged behaviour by a husband (Bruno Lachaux) to his wife (Afsana Lachaux). Since their separation, Mr and Mrs Lachaux have been involved in litigation in the family court which we wrote about in September last year. That litigation involved both financial matters and children matters. There was also a separate ongoing libel case brought by Mr Lachaux regarding a number of publications about his marriage. Mrs Lachaux was not a party in the libel case.’

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Transparency Project, 7th July 2021

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Social Worker awarded damages in Strasbourg for unfair accusations of professional misconduct – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The United Kingdom has been ordered by the European Court of Human Rights to pay damages and legal costs to a social worker who was unfairly accused of professional misconduct by a Family Court judge.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th July 2021

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Grenfell Tower fire: Borough called on to admit liability – BBC News

‘Dozens of Grenfell Tower fire survivors have called on a London borough to admit its “liability” for the blaze.’

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BBC News, 7th July 2021

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Family of murdered sisters considering suing Met police – The Guardian

‘The family of two sisters whose killer was this week convicted of their murders are considering suing the police over alleged failures to act when they were reported missing.’

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The Guardian, 7th July 2021

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Grenfell bereaved and survivors bring multimillion pound case to high court – The Guardian

‘More than 800 bereaved and survivors from Grenfell Tower and 102 firefighters are seeking up to tens of millions of pounds in compensation from organisations involved in the disastrous refurbishment in a case that reaches the high court on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2021

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Reporting restrictions in end of life cases: anonymity for treating clinicians – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The focus of this judgment was on the jurisdiction, if any, that the High Court Family Division has to maintain a Reporting Restriction Order (‘RRO’) prohibiting the naming of any medical clinicians as being involved in the care and treatment of a child who had been the subject of “end of life” proceedings before the High Court prior to their death, and where an RRO had been made at that time preventing the identification of any of the treating clinicians and staff until further order.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th July 2021

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Danyal Hussein found guilty of murdering two sisters in London park – The Guardian

Posted July 7th, 2021 in autism, families, internet, mental health, murder, news, young offenders by sally

‘A teenager has been convicted of the murder of two sisters in a London park last year whom he stabbed to death after coming through a government “deradicalisation” programme.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2021

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