Overseas relatives of British families to lose visit visa appeal rights – The Guardian

Posted May 10th, 2011 in appeals, families, news, visas by sally

“Ministers are to scrap the right of appeal for more than 80,000 relatives of British families who are refused visas to visit them each year, according to a leaked Home Office policy paper seen by the Guardian.”

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The Guardian, 9th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sharif v Camden London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted May 6th, 2011 in families, homelessness, housing, law reports, local government by sally

Sharif v Camden London Borough Council [2011] EWCA Civ 463; [2011] WLR (D) 148

“A local housing authority’s duty under section 193(2) of the Housing Act 1996 to secure that accommodation was available for occupation by a homeless applicant was not discharged by providing two self-contained flats with no shared communal living areas, one for occupation by the applicant and her sister and the other for occupation by her father, because such accommodation was not available for occupation by the applicant together with any other persons who normally resided with her as members of her family within the meaning of section 176 of the 1996 Act.”

WLR Daily, 20th April 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Separation mediation plan ‘rushed and flawed’ – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2011 in dispute resolution, divorce, families, news by sally

“Last week the government’s independent Justice Review Panel published its interim report on the family justice system in England and Wales.”

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The Guardian, 7th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Daughter cut out of mother’s will for naming her child badly – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 1st, 2011 in charities, families, news, wills by sally

“Melita Jackson, who died in 2004 at the age of 70, left her estate of £486,000 to animal charities, making no provision for Heather Ilott, her only child. Three of the country’s most senior judges said Mrs Ilott, 50, should receive a share of the will, in a decision which could lead to more people challenging relatives’ bequests.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Family lawyers face up to challenges ahead – Law Society’s Gazette

“Family law is facing an unprecedented year of change, with practitioners under intense pressure to be innovative if they want to maintain the viability of their practices. Some family law departments are already downsizing, or are being closed, as experienced practitioners move firms or set up their own niche practices. However, others are embracing change and are among their firms’ top teams in terms of fee income and profitability.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk