The President of the Family Division’s New Guidance on Reporting in the Family Courts (3rd October 2019) – Becket Chambers

‘Faced with the competing claims of transparency and privacy, free speech and family life, family law will always incline towards the latter. Its first instincts are protective, guarding the intimacies and lives of its own subject families and, particularly, its children.[1] First and foremost, family proceedings are and remain private matters. This fundamental principle holds fast. However, things are not simply as they were before. Successive Presidents of the Family Division have now expressly addressed the subject in the form of three separate occasions. At the very least, it is clear that the dynamic is being given careful thought. Whilst the guidances do not amount to a tilting of the scales, they are nevertheless guidances specifically designed to address acts of reporting. When President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby issued two guidances on transparency and anonymisation. Sir Andrew McFarlane, the current President, has now (as of October 2018) issued further guidance specifically dealing with applications to lift and vary reporting restrictions.’

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Becket Chambers, 15th January 2020

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Brexit: What You Need To Know On Unaccompanied Child Refugee Rights – Each Other

Posted January 15th, 2020 in asylum, bills, brexit, children, EC law, families, news, refugees by sally

‘The latest version of Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) – which will write prime minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal into law – is being debated in the House of Lords this week.’

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Each Other, 14th January 2020

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Children: Public Law Update – Family Law Week

‘John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important public law cases concerning children.’

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Family Law Week, 9th January 2020

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Helen McCourt’s family seek urgent judicial review to prevent release of killer who never revealed location of her body – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 10th, 2020 in bills, disclosure, families, judicial review, murder, news, parole, victims by tracey

‘The family of Helen McCourt are seeking an urgent judicial review to prevent her killer being released from prison despite never revealing where he hid her body.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2020

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Son jailed for bullying his mother and step-father in rare use of law preventing controlling and coercive behaviour – Daily Telegraph

‘A son has been jailed for bullying his mother and step-father in a rare use of a law that prevents controlling and coercive behaviour.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th January 2020

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White House Farm: Who is Jeremy Bamber? – BBC News

Posted January 8th, 2020 in adoption, families, judicial review, media, murder, news by sally

‘Bamber was found guilty of murdering his adoptive parents, sister and her twin sons after all five were found with gunshot wounds at their Georgian farmhouse in Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Essex, on 7 August 1985, when he was 24.’

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BBC News, 8th January 2020

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Jay Sewell death: Man and parents jailed for love rival killing – BBC News

Posted January 8th, 2020 in families, murder, news, sentencing, violent disorder, wounding by sally

‘A man who recruited his parents and a group of his friends to kill a love rival has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 7th January 2020

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Grenfell victims face eight-year wait for justice over inferno that killed 72 – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 6th, 2020 in accidents, bereavement, delay, emergency services, families, fire, inquiries, news, victims by sally

‘The families of Grenfell victims could be forced to wait at least eight years after the tragedy to discover if anybody will ever be charged over 72 deaths.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th January 2020

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Tafida Raqeeb: Costs Judgment – Transparency Project

‘In 2019, we reported on the tragic case of Tafida Raqeeb. Raqeeb v Barts Health NHS Trust [2019] EWHC 2531 (Admin) and [2019] EWHC 2530 (Fam)). As a brief reminder, Tafida Raqeeb, now aged 5, experienced a catastrophic brain injury in February 2019. The treating hospital believed that it was in her best interests for treatment to be withdrawn. Tafida’s parents disagreed and wished for life-sustaining treatment to continue. They sought alternative options and wanted to take Tafida to Italy for treatment. The Hospital Trust applied to the family court for permission to withdraw treatment. Tafida’s parents also sought judicial review of the Trust’s decision, arguing that the refusal by the Trust to allow Tafida’s parents to transfer her to Italy was an infringement of her EU rights. Mr Justice MacDonald decided that the decision of the Trust was unlawful but declined to grant relief to Tafida. In the proceedings under the Children Act 1989, the application of the NHS Trust, for an order that treatment be withdrawn, was dismissed.’

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Transparency Project, 3rd January 2020

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10 cases that defined 2019 – UK Human Rights Blog

‘And so, we reach the end of another year. And what a year it has been. As well perhaps the most tumultuous period in British politics for decades, this year saw the first ever image taken of a black hole, a victory for the England men’s cricket team at the World Cup, the discovery of a new species of prehistoric small-bodied human in the Philippines and signs that humpback whale numbers in the South Atlantic have bounced back thanks to intensive conservation efforts. And the law? Well, rather a lot has happened really. As the festive season draws near, what better way is there to celebrate than to rewind the clock and relive the 10 cases which have defined 2019?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th December 2019

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Why ‘where’ matters – jurisdiction considerations for international divorces – Family Law

Posted December 20th, 2019 in brexit, divorce, EC law, families, foreign jurisdictions, international law, jurisdiction, news by tracey

‘The question of whether to seek a divorce is one over which many people agonise. However, for divorcing couples with international connections, the associated questions of when and in which country to get divorced are also extremely important considerations, and ones which can have serious repercussions for the outcome.’

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Family Law, 18th December 2019

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Newcastle man sentenced for murder of three-week-old son – Crown prosecution Service

‘A Newcastle man who fatally stabbed his three-week-old son before turning the knife on his partner has been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court today.’

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Crown prosecution Service, 19th December 2019

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Family wins fight to delete child from Met’s anti-radicalisation records – The Guardian

Posted December 20th, 2019 in case management, children, families, Islam, news, police by tracey

‘A primary school-aged child has had details of their referral to the government’s controversial anti-radicalisation Prevent programme deleted by the Metropolitan police following court action, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2019

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Man jailed for coercive treatment of girlfriend who killed young son – The Guardian

‘A woman who stabbed her son to death after a mental breakdown brought on by her bullying boyfriend has described him as a “controlling monster”.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2019

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Lucy-Anne Rushton murder: Husband changes plea to guilty – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2019 in domestic violence, families, guilty pleas, murder, news by sally

‘A man accused of killing his estranged wife has pleaded guilty to murder part-way through his trial.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2019

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Council refused permission to challenge Ombudsman findings on payment of special guardians – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 19th, 2019 in budgets, children, families, fostering, guardianship, local government, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘A High Court judge has refused to grant Rochdale Council permission to challenge the findings of a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman on the way it pays special guardians.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th December 2019

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Family’s legal fight against hospital over brain injury baby – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2019 in birth, children, families, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘The father of a brain-damaged baby boy has urged a hospital not to “rush” a decision to end his life support.’

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BBC News, 17th December 2019

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Guildford pub bomb inquest family ‘never going to get justice’ – BBC News

‘A woman who lost her soldier sister in the Guildford pub bombings has said her family are “never going to get justice” even though the inquest has resumed.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2019

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Murder victim Andre Aderemi’s mum ‘outraged’ at killer’s Snapchat video – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2019 in bereavement, families, murder, news, prisons, telecommunications, victims, video recordings by sally

‘A convicted murderer will be “disciplined” after posting a Snapchat video of himself in prison appearing to “mock” the family of the person he stabbed to death.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2019

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Three generations of Windrush family struggling to prove they are British – The Guardian

‘Three generations of one Windrush-descended family are struggling to prove that they are British in a protracted fight for documentation which has left a London-born woman facing homelessness with her two-year-old son.’

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The Guardian, 18th December 2019

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