Charlie Gard given six day reprieve as European Court of Human Rights says doctors must keep sick baby alive – Daily Telegraph

‘A couple who want to take their terminally ill baby son to the USA for treatment have been given a six day reprieve as the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said that doctors must continue treating him.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th June 2017

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Alternative treatment for seriously ill child not in his best interests – UK Human Rights Blog

‘On Thursday 8 June the Supreme Court will be asked to grant permission to appeal in this case of a seriously ill 9 month old child whose parents wish to take him to the USA for experimental treatment that may slow his deterioration.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th June 2017

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Bar rolls out shared parental leave scheme – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 30th, 2017 in barristers, consultations, news, parental rights, self-employment by sally

‘Barristers’ chambers will be required to allow self-employed members to take up to a year’s parental leave under a policy approved by the Bar Standards Board yesterday.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th May 2017

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Charlie Gard’s parents lose life support court appeal – BBC News

Posted May 26th, 2017 in children, consent, hospitals, medical treatment, parental rights by tracey

‘Doctors can stop providing life-support treatment to ill baby Charlie Gard, Court of Appeal judges have ruled.’

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BBC News, 25th May 2017

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Parents fighting to keep baby alive lose high court battle – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2017 in children, consent, medical treatment, news, parental rights by sally

‘Doctors can withdraw life-support treatment from a sick baby boy against his parents’ wishes, a high court judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 11th April 2017

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Parents ‘should decide care of baby’ – BBC News

Posted March 7th, 2017 in care orders, medical treatment, news, parental rights by tracey

‘The parents of a seven-month-old baby who are challenging doctors in court to keep him on life support say they deserve the right to judge his care.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2017

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Adopting Scottish Children in England – Family Law Week

‘Lorraine Cavanagh, barrister of St Johns Buildings, explains the implications of a recent important judgment of the President concerning the English courts’ recognition of permanence orders of Scottish children.’

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Family Law Week, 14th February 2017

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Bar Council: shared leave plan will help women reach top – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 21st, 2017 in barristers, consultations, equality, news, parental rights, self-employment, women by sally

‘The Bar Council has backed proposals by the regulator to amend rules on shared parental leave, claiming this could encourage more women to stay at the bar.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th February 2017

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Planning for Death, A Child’s Wishes and Re JS (Disposal of Body) [2016] EWHC 2859 (Fam) – Family Law Week

Posted December 16th, 2016 in burials and cremation, children, consent, human tissue, news, parental rights by tracey

‘Louise Spalding, Associate Solicitor with Mills & Reeve LLP, considers the court’s powers to enable a 14-year old girl to make preparations for the post-death disposal of her body.’

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Family Law Week, 15th December 2016

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BSB seeks views on shared parental leave for self-employed barristers – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in barristers, consultations, news, parental rights, self-employment by tracey

‘”Should self-employed barristers enjoy similar rights to shared parental leave as employed barristers?” the Bar Standards Board (BSB) asks in a consultation launched today.’

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Bar Standards Board, 22nd November 2016

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The right of a natural father without parental responsibility to receive notice of adoption proceedings – No. 5 Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in adoption, news, notification, parental responsibility, parental rights by sally

‘This short article examines the law concerning the right of a natural father without parental responsibility to receive notice of adoption proceedings relating to his child.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 19th September 2016

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Separated couple called daughter by different names, court hears – The Independent

Posted August 30th, 2016 in children, custody, family courts, news, parental rights by sally

‘A separated couple called their three-year-old daughter different names, a family court judge has heard.’

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The Independent, 30th August 2016

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Parents with disabilities – Park Square Barristers

‘It is entirely common for care proceedings to involve parents with learning disabilities or difficulties. This case is essential reading for all practitioners involved in such cases. It sets out the expectations on the state (inevitably through a local authority) to provide support to such parents in caring for their children.’

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Park Square Barristers, 23rd June 2016

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Father loses right to care for baby son after social services raise alarm over his ‘risky’ use of apps ‘for the purposes of sexual intercourse’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A 29-year-old unemployed man who wanted to care for his baby son has lost a family court fight after social workers complained about him meeting women online for sex.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th July 2016

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Surrogacy update – June 2016 – Family Law Week

Posted June 30th, 2016 in declarations of incompatibility, news, parental rights, surrogacy by tracey

‘Andrew Powell, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, reviews recent important judgments concerning surrogacy law.’

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Family Law Week, 29th June 2016

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Muslim man loses high court bid to have sons circumcised – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2016 in children, Islam, news, parental rights by sally

‘A devout Muslim has failed to persuade a high court judge to rule that his sons should be circumcised.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2016

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The Bar and shared parental leave – Cloisters

‘Since Shared Parental Leave (SPL) came into force a year ago on 5 April 2015, I have written, lectured and advised widely about this new legal entitlement. The people I have not engaged with much about SPL are barristers – for the key reason that as self-employed professionals rather than employees, they are excluded from this legal entitlement.’

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Cloisters, 7th April 2016

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Wrongful Birth and Wrongful Conception – The Rights of the Father – Hardwicke Chambers

‘The law on recovery for damages in wrongful birth and wrongful conception cases has been settled for some time; since the cases of McFarlane v Tayside Board of Health [2000] 2 AC 59, Parkinson v St James and Seacroft University Hospital NHS Trust [2001] EWCA Civ 530 and Rees v Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust [2002] EWCA Civ 88 there has been little, if any, disruption to the status quo. It is clear however that there do remain some unanswered questions regarding the limits of recovery in this area; one such query arose in the more recent case of Whitehead v Searle [2008] EWCA Civ 285, where the rights of a father in these actions was considered.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 8th April 2016

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Covert Recording by Parents – Nothing to Fear but the Truth? – Family Law Week

‘Farooq Ahmed, barrister of Westgate Chambers and recorder, addresses the legal issues arising when parents embroiled in children proceedings record conversations or events.’

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Family Law Week, 8th April 2016

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Paedophile awarded legal aid in fight to see son, eight – Daily Telegraph

‘Convicted sex criminal, named only as ‘Q’, was given taxpayer funding on human rights grounds to fight lack of contact with son.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st February 2016

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