Neville Lawrence: black people still second-class citizens in Britain – The Guardian

‘Father of Stephen Lawrence says police’s promises to change have not been met.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2020

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After Sally Challen, we now have a chance to tackle coercive control – The Guardian

‘The domestic abuse bill offers a once-in-a-generation chance to change our approach says the son of the woman whose conviction for murdering her husband was quashed.’

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The Guardian, 7th June 2020

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Justice Secretary seeks to block decision to release rapist serving life sentence – Daily Telegraph

‘The Justice Secretary is seeking to block the decision to release a rapist serving a life sentence from prison, after the victim’s family only learned of the plans through a journalist.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th June 2020

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R (Flores) v Southwark LBC [2020] EWHC 1279 (Admin) – 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

‘The Administrative Court dismissed a challenge to the local authority’s decision as to the level of priority to be awarded under their housing allocation scheme to a family living in accommodation which had become statutorily overcrowded as a result of children growing older. The Court interpreted the meaning of the applicant’s “deliberate act” under the scheme.’

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4-5 Gray's Inn Square, 29th May 2020

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Belly Mujinga: CPS to review Covid-19 death of station worker – BBC News

Posted June 8th, 2020 in assault, bereavement, coronavirus, Crown Prosecution Service, families, news by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been asked to review evidence into the death of a railway worker who was reportedly spat at by a man claiming to have coronavirus.’

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BBC News, 5th June 2020

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Jeremy Bamber refused access to documents on Essex family murders – The Guardian

‘Jeremy Bamber, who is serving a whole life sentence for one of Britain’s most notorious multiple murders, has been refused access to documents that he believes could help clear his name.’

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The Guardian, 5th June 2020

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The Coronavirus and Employers’ Liability for PPE – Part 5: Liability of Employers to Family Members of Employees by Jack McCracken and Sarah Hopkinson – Ropewalk Chambers

‘Cases regarding secondary exposure to risk by employees’ family members have tended to focus on whether exposure of the employee was sufficient to place the employer under an obligation to act, and whether there was sufficient industry knowledge for the employer to appreciate the “secondary exposure” risk.’

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Ropewalk Chambers, 15th May 2020

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Watering down children’s rights – Doughty Street Chambers

‘This post, written by a member of the Doughty Street Chambers’ Children’s Rights Group, raises questions about the necessity and proportionality of the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. It suggests that the Regulations are likely to breach the UK’s international human rights commitments at a time when children need such protections more than ever.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 19th May 2020

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Parenting Plans & Child Arrangements Orders: Maria Scotland & Gemma Lindfield – 5SAH

Posted June 4th, 2020 in chambers articles, children, divorce, families, news by sally

‘When the family breaks down and there are children, whether the parents are married or not, the parents are advised to try to reach an agreement on where the children will live: whether they will live with one parent and spend time with the other parent or else share their time between their separated parents’ homes. Older children are often able to make decisions for themselves or make arrangements to go between homes themselves once their parents live apart – so called “voting with their feet”. Younger children and babies cannot and they need their parents to make arrangements in their best interests for them. These parents are advised to try and reach an agreement in writing, called a “parenting plan”.’

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5SAH, 28th May 2020

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A case law update- a selection of the non-COVID-19 cases published during the pandemic – St Ives Chambers

Posted June 3rd, 2020 in adoption, chambers articles, children, coronavirus, families, family courts, news by sally

‘The Covid-19 pandemic has produced a number of new cases which tie together the guidance produced by the senior judiciary and are essential reading for all practitioners in this new world of remote working.’

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St Ives Chambers, 27th May 2020

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Parents fight in court over whether children should return to school in England – The Guardian

‘Separating parents are fighting each other through the courts over whether their children should return to school as lockdown is eased, a leading family lawyer has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2020

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Fatal Accident Claims by Jayne Adams QC – Ropewalk Chambers

‘The area of fatal accident claims is a wide one and, on occasion, a very complicated one. This handout and indeed the lecture which it accompanies is not intended to cover every aspect of such claims. To do so would take too much time and would, in any event, fail to cover every eventuality.’

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Ropewalk Chambers, 19th May 2020

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British citizenship after obtaining EU Settled Status – Richmond Chambers

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in citizenship, domicile, EC law, families, immigration, news, treaties by sally

‘EU Settled Status is a relatively new form of indefinite leave to remain (ILR) for which EEA nationals and family members have to apply by 30 June 2021. In this post we look at how to obtain British citizenship after obtaining EU Settled Status.’

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Richmond Chambers, 25th May 2020

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Professional Regulation – Case Comment: Caroline Reilly V Teaching Regulation Agency and Secretary of State for Education (2020) EWHC 1188 (Admin) – Park Square Barristers

‘The appellant was the head teacher of a primary school in the West Midlands. She was dismissed from her post in July 2011 following disciplinary proceedings which arose in consequence of her failure to disclose the fact of her personal relationship with a man who had been convicted of offences involving the making and possessing of indecent images of children.’

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Park Square Barristers, 15th May 2020

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Relief from Forfeiture following Manslaughter: Challen v Challen [2020] EWHC 1330 (Ch) – Hardwicke Chambers

‘In this recent case, described by the presiding judge HHJ Matthews as “extraordinary [with] a fatal combination of conditions and events”, relief from forfeiture was granted despite the applicant having pleaded guilty to manslaughter with a resulting sentence of over nine years of imprisonment.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 29th May 2020

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Judge criticises local authority and Children’s Guardian over efforts to identify birth father but declines to revoke adoption order – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 1st, 2020 in adoption, children, families, family courts, judges, local government, news by sally

‘A Family Division judge has rejected a birth father’s application under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court to revoke an adoption order made in November 2019, despite levelling criticisms at the local authority and Children’s Guardian over a lack of rigour and urgency to identify him.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th May 2020

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London borough wins High Court battle with tenant on banding and overcrowding – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 28th, 2020 in families, housing, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘The London Borough of Southwark was entitled to conclude a family was not in the highest category of overcrowding because it had voluntarily moved into accommodation that would become statutorily overcrowded as its children grew older.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th May 2020

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Covid-19 remote hearings “must not become settled norm” – Legal Futures

Posted May 28th, 2020 in coronavirus, families, family courts, news, remote hearings by sally

‘Remote hearings have been a successful emergency measure but should not be taken as establishing a settled mode of operation for the family courts after Covid-19, a leading judge has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 26th May 2020

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Recognition of foreign marriage—implications of (Padero-Mernagh v Mernagh) – Family Law

‘Cases involving bigamy are relatively rare, and the judgment of Williams J in Padero-Mernagh v Mernagh provides a useful analysis of the relevant law in that regard. Of particular note, however, is the way in which the final hearing was dealt with remotely, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.’

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Family Law, 28th May 2020

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Children in care and vaccinations: who decides? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In the current circumstances, this case has important resonances and maybe even implications for future vaccinations. It was an appeal by the parents of a ten year old child against a decision that the local authority, had lawful authority to have the child vaccinated (pursuant to Section 33(3) of the Children Act 1989.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th May 2020

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