Bell v Tavistock and the Implications for Trans Children, Part 2: the Law after AB v CD and others – Family Law Week

‘As set out in my previous article, the decision of the High Court in Bell & Anor v The Tavistock And Portman NHS Foundation Trust [2020] EWHC 3274 (“Bell v Tavistock”) arguably raised more questions than it answered for transitioning children and their families. The principal legal issue for the court to adjudicate in Bell v Tavistock was whether a child or young person under the age of 16 could achieve Gillick competence in respect of the decision to take puberty blockers [133]. The court specifically declined to address whether parents could consent to the use of puberty blockers on their child’s behalf, as this was not the Gender Identity Development Service’s (“GIDS”) policy; GIDS relied on consent of the child or young adult being treated.’

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Family Law Week, 24th May 2021

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SRA and BSB change approaches to gender in diversity surveys – Legal Futures

‘Both the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB) are this year changing their approach to recording the sex and gender of those they regulate, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 14th May 2021

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Cost of changing legal gender cut to less than £10 – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2021 in birth certificates, fees, gender, marriage, news, transgender persons by sally

‘The £140 fee to apply for a gender recognition certificate will be cut to “single figures” from next month, according to government sources.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2021

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High Court Rules Parents Can Consent to Puberty Blockers On Their Child’s Behalf – Each Other

‘On Trans Day of Visibility 2021, trans children in England and Wales may feel a little more visible, after a recent High Court decision confirmed that parents can consent to their children being prescribed puberty blockers and a court application will not normally have to be made.’

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Each Other, 31st March 2021

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Parents can consent to children being given puberty blockers, High Court rules – The Independent

‘Parents can consent to their child being given puberty blockers without applying for a court’s approval, the High Court has ruled following a case that contested whether under-16s were able to give permission themselves.’

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The Independent, 27th March 2021

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A Campaign To Include Mx Title On All Forms Is Gaining Momentum. Here’s Why It’s Important – Each Other

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in electronic commerce, equality, gender, news, transgender persons by sally

‘Include Mx, which was launched in November 2020, is a micro campaign that approaches businesses and organisations to ask them to include Mx as an option on forms. Mx is a gender neutral honorific that was first coined and used in the 1970s. It’s used by those who do not identify as a particular gender, as well as those who do not want to reveal their gender.’

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Each Other, 1st March 2021

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Government agrees to call pregnant ministers ‘mothers’ – The Independent

‘The government has agreed to change the wording in its new maternity leave legislation from referring to “pregnant people” to “mothers” after the phrasing was rejected by the House of Lords – despite gender-neutral language being government convention.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2021

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“Gender reassignment: expanding the protected characteristic” ELA article by Robin Moira White and Sioban Calcott (Brethertons) – Old Square Chambers

Posted February 11th, 2021 in chambers articles, employment, equality, gender, news, transgender persons by sally

‘Old Square Chambers’ Robin White and Sioban Calcott from Brethertons LLP have written an article on “Gender reassignment: expanding the protected characteristic” in the ELA Briefing 2021.’

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Old Square Chambers, 9th February 2021

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High court grants leave to appeal to UK gender identity service – The Guardian

Posted January 21st, 2021 in appeals, consent, gender, medical treatment, news, transgender persons, young persons by sally

‘An NHS trust has been allowed to appeal against a high court decision that barred it from referring under-16s for puberty-blocking treatment.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2021

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The right to establish identity: donor offspring — David Gollancz – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This is the second of two posts by David Gollancz, a barrister at Keating Chambers and donor-conceived adult, about the UK system of birth registration and certification. The first post concerned the treatment of transgender parents. This second post deals with the position of the offspring of gamete donation.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 17th December 2020

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The right to respect for identity: transgender parents — David Gollancz – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 17th, 2020 in assisted reproduction, birth, birth certificates, news, transgender persons by tracey

‘This is the first of two posts by David Gollancz, a barrister at Keating Chambers and donor-conceived adult, about the UK system of birth registration and certification. This first post concerns the treatment of trans parents. The second post will deal with the position of the offspring of gamete donation.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 16th December 2020

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Financial Remedy Update, December 2020 – Family Law Week

‘Sue Brookes Principal Associate, Family Lawyer, Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator for Mills & Reeve LLP considers the important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during November 2020.’

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Family Law Week, 10th December 2020

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Keira Bell lawyer warns on internet coverage of transgender issues – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2020 in health, internet, news, transgender persons by sally

‘The promotion of transgender issues on social media should be subject to safeguarding measures, according to the lawyer for a woman who brought last week’s landmark case against England’s only NHS gender identity development service (GIDS).’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2020

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Puberty Blocking — can a child consent? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘A case about medical treatment for children experiencing gender dysphoria is bound to evoke strong feelings. So, in early October, when the parties in R (on the application of Quincy Bell and A v Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and others arrived for the hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, they found a buzz of press photographers and a throng of campaigners with placards.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th December 2020

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A substantive review of the landmark decision in Taylor v Jaguar Land Rover Limited and the protection it provides for those who identify as non-binary and gender fluid under the Equality Act 2010 – Lamb Chambers

‘In September 2020, the Employment Tribunal ruled in Taylor v Jaguar Land Rover Limited that the definition of gender reassignment under section 7 Equality Act 2010 (“EA 2010”) covers employees who identify as non-binary and gender fluid. The Claimant, Ms Taylor, successfully claimed direct discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of gender reassignment.’

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Lamb Chambers, November 2020

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Puberty blockers: under-16s ‘unlikely to be able to give informed consent’ – The Guardian

‘Children under the age of 16 considering gender reassignment are unlikely to be mature enough to give informed consent to be prescribed puberty-blocking drugs, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2020

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Trans teen in legal action over gender clinic wait – BBC News

‘A 14-year-old transgender boy is starting legal proceedings against NHS England over delays to gender reassignment treatment.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2020

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Ex-prisoner challenges MoJ policy after alleged sexual assault by trans woman – The Guardian

‘A prisoner who was allegedly sexually assaulted behind bars by another inmate has challenged the Ministry of Justice over its policy on placing transgender women in women’s prisons.’

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The Guardian, 28th October 2020

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Crimes linked to race and religion rise in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘The number of racially or religiously aggravated offences in England and Wales rose in June and July, most likely linked to Black Lives Matters rallies and far-right counter-protests, the Home Office has said.’

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The Guardian, 13th October 2020

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Non-binary/gender fluid claimants – Law Society’s Gazette

‘On 14 September 2020, the employment tribunal ruled that the gender reassignment protections afforded by section 7 of the Equality Act 2010 should be read to include those who identify as non-binary and/or gender fluid.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th October 2020

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