Anonymisation Guidance – a curtain of secrecy? – Transparency Project

‘The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew MacFarlane issued some guidance last week on the anonymisation of published judgments in family court cases.’

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Transparency Project, 10th December 2018

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Case Comments: KO (Nigeria) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 53 and Rhuppiah v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] UKSC 58 – UKSC Blog

‘ECHR, art 8 prevents someone from being removed from the UK where doing so would have a disproportionate impact on their private life and/or family life. Where a migrant seeks to rely on art 8, it is accordingly necessary for the Home Office, or on appeal the First-tier Tribunal, to conduct a balancing exercise between the individual’s private and family life rights on the one hand and the ‘public interest’ on the other.’

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UKSC Blog, 4th December 2018

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Government-commissioned review recommends legal aid for bereaved families – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government has announced that it will introduce a new mental health bill following today’s publication of the findings of an independent review into the Mental Health Act 1983. However it is silent on the review’s recommendation that bereaved families should receive non-means tested legal aid – despite already pledging to accept two other recommendations.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th December 2018

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Workshy dairy farmer son who ‘hates cows’ loses out on £1m inheritance – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 29th, 2018 in agriculture, families, news, wills by tracey

‘A dairy farmer’s workshy son who “hated the herd” and “made cows nervous” will be thrown out of his home after losing a High Court claim to inherit his parents’ £1million farm.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2018

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Women launch legal challenge to ‘irrational’ universal credit system – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2018 in benefits, budgets, debts, families, news by tracey

‘Four women have launched a high court legal challenge to universal credit, arguing that an arbitrary design flaw in the payment system for the new benefit is “irrational and discriminatory” and leaves some families hundreds of pounds a year worse off.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2018

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Changes to spousal maintenance to be proposed tomorrow – Family Law

Posted November 23rd, 2018 in bills, divorce, families, financial provision, news, select committees by sally

‘Tomorrow, a Bill brought by Baroness Deech in the House of Lords will reach the committee stage. The Bill seeks to amend the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 with regard to financial settlements following divorce. The Bill proposes introducing a fixed-term limit for spousal maintenance, among other things. Some family lawyers are warning the Bill’s provisions are unnecessary, arbitrary and risk unfairness.’

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Family Law, 22nd November 2018

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Ellie-May Minshull-Coyle death: ‘Cage bed’ couple jailed – BBC News

‘A woman and her ex-partner who strapped a toddler face down in a “monstrous cage bed” have each been sentenced to 10 years.’

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BBC News, 16th November 2018

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Families whose loved ones died in NHS mental health care call for inquiry and reforms as police drop investigation – The Independent

‘A decision to drop the investigation into the deaths of up to 25 people in the care of NHS mental health services has been described by as a “bombshell” that leaves them without “accountability or recourse”, by their families. Essex Police had spent nearly two years investigating deaths across nine sites at North Essex Partnership University Trust since 2000.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2018

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Man jailed for targeting grieving families with online abuse – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A man who admitted targeting Facebook memorial pages with sickening messages has been jailed for 14 months today (15 Oct) at Newcastle Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 15th November 2018

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Dad jailed for ‘cannabis-induced’ baby murder attempt – BBC News

‘A young father who repeatedly tried to smother his newborn son amid a cannabis-induced psychosis has been jailed for ten years.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2018

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Gloucester man jailed for murdering wife and stepdaughter – The Guardian

Posted November 6th, 2018 in domestic violence, families, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 29 years in prison for murdering his wife and stepdaughter in an episode of “wanton savagery”.’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2018

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Children’s sibling relationships ‘at risk’ in case and adoption proceedings – Family Law

Posted November 5th, 2018 in adoption, children, families, news by sally

‘The significance attached to sibling relationships in care and adoption proceedings can be routinely outweighed by other factors, according to a new report funded by the Nuffield Foundation.’

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Family Law, 2nd November 2018

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Families go to high court to oppose Hackney’s SEN cuts – The Guardian

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in families, judicial review, local government, news, special educational needs by sally

‘A group of families have gone to the high court in London to try to overturn local authority cuts to special educational needs (SEN) spending, claiming their children are already failing to get the support they require.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2018

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Placement of a child outside their natural family – Family Law

Posted October 31st, 2018 in children, families, news, placement orders by sally

‘What factors does a court need to consider regarding the placement of a child away from their extended family? Amina Ahmed, barrister at Garden Court Chambers, explores the test used in deciding the correct balance for a child’s growing up in his culture of origin or in proximity with his family in the UK.’

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Family Law, 31st October 2018

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Supreme Court rules that parental misconduct irrelevant to whether child should leave UK — an extended look – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 30th, 2018 in appeals, children, deportation, families, human rights, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘This is a major decision which clarifies the approach that the Immigration Tribunal should take to the question of whether a child and/or their parents should be removed from the UK in circumstances where it is claimed that this would constitute a disproportionate interference in their rights to private and family life.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th October 2018

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The right of appeal against refusal of a residence card: the latest developments – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 26th, 2018 in appeals, EC law, families, human rights, immigration, news by tracey

‘As discussed previously on the Blog, the rights of the family members of EEA nationals to reside in the UK is currently in a state of flux. One important issue concerns the appeal rights of an “extended family member” of an EEA national.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th October 2018

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Home Office admits people were wrongly denied UK status after refusing to provide DNA evidence – The Independent

Posted October 25th, 2018 in DNA, evidence, families, news, visas by tracey

‘The Home Office has admitted that people have been wrongly denied UK status after refusing to provide DNA evidence in a breach of its own policy. Sajid Javid, the home secretary, said the government had illegally demanded DNA evidence in family visa cases, with at least seven people denied the right to stay in Britain because they refused to provide DNA samples to prove family ties.’

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The Independent, 25th October 2018

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The inheritance tax burden and civil partnerships for cohabiting siblings: right idea, wrong approach? – Family Law

‘Family Law in Partnership director David Allison and associate Carla Ditz re-examine how and why civil partnerships came into being, the successful campaign to allow heterosexual couples to enter into a civil partnership and the proposals for 2committed siblings” to be able to form civil partnerships.’

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Family Law, 24th October 2018

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Are You Being Served? Rules On International Service in Family Cases – Family Law Week

‘Sarah Lucy Cooper, barrister, Thomas More Chambers considers the issue of international service in family cases.’

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Family Law Week, 21st October 2018

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Family law 2018: on divorce reform – Family Law

Posted October 23rd, 2018 in bills, case management, divorce, evidence, families, marriage, news by sally

‘David Burrows assesses the government’s proposals for an overhaul of divorce law, and supplies some suggestions of his own.’

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Family Law, 22nd October 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk