Police watchdog threatened with legal action over inquiry into man’s death – The Guardian

‘The police watchdog has been threatened with legal action for refusing to investigate whether the conduct of officers who restrained a man for a significant period of time committed a criminal offence or that their behaviour amounts to misconduct.’

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The Guardian, 4th May 2021

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Resources and Section 25 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 – Family Law Week

‘Joseph Rainer and Thomas Haggie, barristers of Queen Elizabeth Building, consider third-party assets and their bearing on the court’s assessment of resources in financial remedy cases.’

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Family Law Week, 28th April 2021

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Pippa Knight: Judge rules doctors can withdraw care – BBC News

Posted April 30th, 2021 in children, disabled persons, doctors, families, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A High Court judge has given doctors permission to end the life of a brain-damaged six-year-old girl at the centre of a long-running treatment fight.’

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BBC News, 30th April 2021

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Court of Appeal overturns order discharging mother as party in Court of Protection proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal from a decision by the Vice-President of the Court of Protection to discharge a mother as a party to proceedings concerning her highly vulnerable 19-year-old daughter (P).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th April 2021

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Departing from Equality in Farming Divorces – Family Law Week

‘Nichola Bright, Senior Associate at Myerson, explains some of the difficulties inherent in divorces involving agricultural assets.’

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Family Law Week, 22nd April 2021

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Kent council fined after mother and son left to live in tent in pandemic – The Guardian

‘A council has been fined after it removed a homeless teenager and his mother from temporary housing during the pandemic, leaving them to sofa surf and live in a tent for two months.’

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The Guardian, 23rd April 2021

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Oligarch’s son told to pay mother £75m after world’s biggest divorce case – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2021 in divorce, families, financial provision, news by sally

‘The son of an oligarch caught up in the world’s largest divorce case has been told to pay £75m to his mother after a judge at the high court in London found he was “a dishonest individual who will do anything to assist his father”.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2021

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Wife of British wrestling champion refused UK visa – The Independent

‘The wife of a British wrestling champion who has won gold medals for the country has hit out at the UK’s “cruel” immigration rules after his wife was refused a visa.’

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The Independent, 17th April 2021

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The Perils of Contested Divorce Proceedings – Pump Court Chambers

Posted April 16th, 2021 in appeals, case management, chambers articles, divorce, families, news by sally

‘As many practitioners will be aware, defended divorce cases are rare. According to a recent study by the Nuffield Foundation, “No Contest: Defended Divorce in England & Wales”, formally defended divorces account for less than one percent of divorces each year in England & Wales.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 15th March 2021

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Eight things you need to know: Personal Injury damages in divorce cases – Family Law

Posted April 16th, 2021 in damages, divorce, families, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘The “pre-acquired” or “non-matrimonial” argument is one which has taken up much commentary in family law circles over recent years. However, the conundrum can be even more challenging when considering personal injury damages that one party may have received in order to meet their specific needs arising from an accident or injury.’

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Family Law, 16th April 2021

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Tragic Court of Protection case – Mills & Reeve

Posted April 15th, 2021 in Court of Protection, families, medical treatment, mental health, news by sally

‘Proceedings commenced initially by the father (“F”) in respect of his daughter, a young woman aged 20 (named “Lilia” in the judgment), who had attempted suicide. Very sadly, this had resulted in a catastrophic brain injury leading to a prolonged disorder of consciousness, from which she had not emerged and remained in a vegetative state.’

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Mills & Reeve, 14th April 2021

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Money for Nothing? Crypto-Assets and their Implications in Matrimonial and Private Client Work – Pump Court Chambers

Posted April 14th, 2021 in chambers articles, divorce, families, financial dispute resolution, news by sally

‘For the matrimonial finance and private client lawyer, crypto-assets can form a major part of a client’s estate and we are seeing them with increasing frequency. It is vital that we can identify, value and understand them, and advise on their implications for clients, for others interested in client assets, and to assist the court, if necessary.’

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Pump Court Chambers, 19th March 2021

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F (A Child : Adjournment) [2021] EWCA Civ 469 – Transparency Project

‘This case is about a little boy, J, who was approaching three years of age at the time the decision was made. His mother was 19 when J was born and she was living with J’s father. The local authority issued care proceedings in relation to J in August 2018. The proceedings began as J suffered a number of injuries whilst he was in the care of his mother and a Mr K. At a hearing before His Honour Judge Jack (‘the Judge’) findings were made that the mother had suffered serious abuse at the hands of J’s father.’

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Transparency Project, 12th April 2021

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Is there still any place for supervision orders? – Transparency Project

‘The purpose and effectiveness of this type of court order is currently being considered by one of the innumerable sub-groups of the Public Law Working Group. Now, the NFJO have reported on a rapid survey of professionals and parents who were asked quite detailed questions about supervision orders (SOs) in which they were involved during the last six years (presumably since the legislative changes to family proceedings in 2014). There was a good response from nearly 300 social work and legal professionals but only ten parents responded. However the NFJO is carrying out some separate work with focus groups for parents’ views.’

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Transparency Project, 13th April 2021

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Rare appeal allowed over refusal by judge to adjourn final care hearing – Local Government Lawyer

‘A mother’s appeal of a decision by a family judge not to adjourn an imminent final hearing in care proceedings has been allowed in a “rare” case before the Court of Appeal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th April 2021

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Application for fresh inquest refused – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 6th, 2021 in asbestos, families, inquests, news by sally

‘Applying for a fresh inquest is not straightforward. First, the bereaved have to get permission from the Attorney General. Only once that authority has been granted will they be allowed to apply to the High Court to reopen the inquest (section 13 of the Coroners Act 1988). Often cases are reopened because new evidence has come to light or there has been insufficiency of inquiry, for example where a person is found guilty of the murder of the deceased or new scientific data is provided.[1] Further, it has to be necessary or desirable in the interests of justice that an investigation be (re)opened.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th April 2021

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Thousands of EU children face ‘cliff edge’ as still without post-Brexit status three months before deadline – The Independent

Posted March 30th, 2021 in brexit, children, families, immigration, news, visas by tracey

‘Thousands of European children living in care in the UK face becoming undocumented within months as only one in four has been granted post-Brexit immigration status, data reveals.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2021

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Capacity to marry: NB v MI – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 29th, 2021 in families, family courts, Islam, islamic law, jurisdiction, marriage, news by tracey

‘In NB v MI [2021] EWHC 224 (Fam), Mostyn J set out a series of propositions on the legal nature of marriage in England & Wales.’

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Law & Religion UK, 26th March 2021

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Mandatory relief when left in unsuitable temporary accommodation – Nearly Legal

‘Imam, R (On the Application Of) v The London Borough of Croydon (2021) EWHC 739 (Admin). This is the judgment in a judicial review claim seeking a declaration that Croydon was in breach of its statutory duty under section 193(2) of the Housing Act 1996 to provide suitable accommodation, and for mandatory relief, that Croydon provide suitable accommodation, and consider the claimant’s application for band 1 housing priority.’

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Nearly Legal, 28th March 2021

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Our treatment of the vulnerable – Local Government Lawyer

‘The pandemic has shone a powerful searchlight on to the unnecessarily damaged lives of too many of our most vulnerable people and children. In a paper given at a Royal Holloway University of London Symposium, Sir James Munby, former President of the Family Division, looks at the challenges facing the family justice system.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th March 2021

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