Hillsborough disaster’s families to get access to secret documents – The Guardian

Posted June 21st, 2012 in disclosure, documents, families, freedom of information, news, sport by sally

“Families bereaved by the Hillsborough tragedy have learned that they will get access to secret police and government documents within three months after a long campaign for the papers to be released.”

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The Guardian, 20th June 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Deported criminal returned to Britain to claim his ‘right to family life’ – Daily Telegraph

“A violent foreign criminal who illegally returned to Britain weeks after being deported has won the right to stay in this country because of his human rights.”

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Daily Telegraph, 17th June 2012

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Clashes between politicians and judges – BBC Law in Action

“Major confrontations between the courts and the government in Britain and the United States are looming. Just this week, the Home Secretary has warned British judges to take account of the views of MPs on foreign offenders who claim the right to family life. But the courts are also poised to rule on the contentious issue of assisted dying, where those who wish to end their own life are seeking new rights.”


BBC Law in Action, 12th June 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Article 8 and a half – wider than thought, but will it work? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 13th, 2012 in families, housing, human rights, immigration, interpretation, news by sally

“The Home Office has released its Statement of Intent on Family Migration, which, amongst other things, makes the position a little clearer on its plans for Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, as discussed in my earlier post.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th June 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Carers of relatives in England to get legal rights – BBC News

Posted June 11th, 2012 in budgets, carers, families, local government, news by sally

“Ministers are planning to grant legal rights for the first time to people in England who spend hours caring for elderly or disabled relatives.”

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BBC News, 9th June 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Stark choice under new immigration rules: exile or family breakup – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2012 in families, human rights, immigration, news, remuneration, visas by sally

“British citizens with foreign-born partners are to be given the choice of indefinite ‘exile’ in countries including Yemen and Syria or face the breakup of their families if they want to remain in the UK, under radical immigration changes to be announced next week, MPs have been told.”

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The Guardian, 8th June 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Theresa May ready for showdown with courts over foreign prisoners’ rights – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2012 in appeals, deportation, families, human rights, immigration, news, prisons, remuneration by sally

“Theresa May is heading for a renewed showdown with the courts over the rights of foreign prisoners battling to avoid deportation after signalling that she would bring in primary legislation if judges failed to implement new rules.”

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The Guardian, 10th June 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Using insolvency to discharge financial order obligations: the blank canvas remains – Family Law Week

Posted May 21st, 2012 in bankruptcy, debts, families, news by sally

“Byron James, Barrister, 14 Gray’s Inn Square explores the, as yet, unfettered and undefined discretion of the court to discharge a party from obligations under orders made in family proceedings following bankruptcy, following the recent Chancery Division case of Hayes v Hayes.”

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Family Law Week, 20th May 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.com

Scrapping family visitor appeal rights will save millions – Home Office

Posted May 16th, 2012 in appeals, families, press releases, visas by tracey

“Foreign nationals refused a visa for a short visit to see family members in the UK will lose the full right to appeal the decision in the courts, saving tens of millions of pounds and freeing up tribunals to deal with more serious cases.”

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Home Office, 12th May 2012

Source: www.homeoffice,gov.uk

Visa appeals to be scrapped for many visiting family in UK – BBC News

Posted May 16th, 2012 in appeals, families, immigration, news, visas by tracey

“Most foreign nationals will no longer be allowed to appeal if they are refused a visa to visit family members, the Home Office has announced.”

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BBC News, 15th May 2012

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Removing full right of appeal for family visitors – UK Border Agency

“A clause in the Crime and Courts Bill, published today, will remove the full right of appeal for those applying to enter the UK as a family visitor. Subject to Parliamentary approval and Royal Assent, this change is expected to come into force by 2014. Refused applicants will still be able to appeal on limited grounds of human rights or race discrimination.”

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UK Border Agency, 10th May 2012

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

DfE sets out key features of Children and Families Bill – Family Law Week

Posted May 10th, 2012 in adoption, bills, care orders, children, families, news, special educational needs by sally

“The Department for Education has set out the key features of the Children and Families Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech. The Bill is expected to be introduced early in 2013.”

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Family Law Week, 9th May 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.com

Finance & Divorce April Update 2012 – Family Law Week

Posted May 9th, 2012 in divorce, families, family courts, news by sally

“Joanna Grandfield, Associate (barrister), Anna Heenan, solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the latest key financial remedies cases.”

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Family Law Week, 8th May 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.com

A significant case in the family courts – LB Islington v Al Alas and Wray – Garden Court Family Law Blog

“The recent case of LB Islington v Al Alas and Wray, (where I was led by Ian Peddie QC [also of Garden Court Chambers] in representing the father, Rohan Wray) should have some pretty significant implications in cases involving alleged non-accidental injuries.”

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Garden Court Family Law Blog, 23rd April 2012

Source: www.gcfamily.wordpress.com

Families ‘hit by legal aid plans’ – BBC News

“Thousands of vulnerable people facing family breakdown could end up without legal representation because of planned changes to legal aid, according to a legal group.”

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BBC News, 21st April 2012

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Why Should Family Lawyers be Interested in the Brighton Conference on the European Court of Human Rights? – Family Law Week

Posted April 20th, 2012 in families, human rights, news by sally

“Deirdre Fottrell, Barrister, of Coram Chambers considers the proposed reforms of the ECHR which are under consideration at the Brighton Conference and explains why they are of particular importance to family lawyers.”

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Family Law Week, 19th April 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.com

Man can be deported despite living in UK since age of three – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 16th, 2012 in deportation, drug offences, families, human rights, news by sally

“It has been a week of victories for the UK government in deportation cases in the European Court of Human Rights. On the same day as the ECtHR found that Abu Hamza and four others could be extradited to the US on terrorism charges, it also rejected a case of a man facing deportation despite having lived in the UK since the age of three.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th April 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Alternative Families and Children: A review of the recent case of A v B and C – Family Law Week

Posted April 10th, 2012 in appeals, families, news, parental rights by sally

“Alex Verdan QC and Charles Hale, both of 4 Paper Buildings, counsel for the father in A v B and C, consider the lessons that can be learned by practitioners from the Court of Appeal judgment.”

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Family Law Week, 5th April 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.com

Theresa May pledges to end ‘family rights’ bar on deportation – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2012 in deportation, families, human rights, immigration, news by sally

“New immigration rules are to be introduced to make it more difficult for foreign criminals to resist deportation by invoking their right to a family life under the European convention on human rights.”

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The Guardian, 8th April 2012

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

“Hugely important” 1996 Hague Convention anticipated to come into force on 1st August this year – Family Law Week

Posted April 4th, 2012 in contact orders, custody, families, international law, news by sally

“The Annual Report of the Office of the Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales has just been published. Lord Justice Thorpe, Head of International Justice for England and Wales reports on the activities of ‘the Office’ during the period January-December 2011.”

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Family Law Week, 3rd April 2012

Source: www.familylawweek.com