News Essentials: 29th February 2016

A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:

Updated template to help social workers prepare for court launched
The ADCS and Cafcass have launched an updated template for local authority social workers to use when submitting evidence to support an application for a care or supervision order to the courts. Full story: Family Law.

Judiciary consults on the approach courts should take to McKenzie Friends
The Judicial Executive Board has issued a consultation paper proposing reforms to the existing guidance for ‘McKenzie Friends’, non-lawyers who offer assistance and in some cases seek to appear as advocates on behalf of litigants-in-person. Full story: Family Law.

Court lets mother appeal against ban on using dead daughter's frozen eggs
Daughter had eggs frozen in 2008 fearing that cancer treatment might leave her unable to have children. Full story: The Guardian, See also case report, below.

Transparency Project publishes guidance on use of 'voluntary' accommodation of children
The Transparency Project has today (24 February 2016) published guidance relating to voluntary accommodation of children by local authorities. Full story: Family Law.

W (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 113 (25 February 2016)
Appeal against publicity order in Poppi Worthington case. Full report: Bailii.

M, R (on the application of) v Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority [2016] EWCA Civ 102 (24 February 2016)
Application for permission to appeal order dismissing claim for judicial review of a decision of the HFEA refusing a special direction permitting the export of the claimants' daughter's gametes to a treatment centre in New York so that they could be fertilised and implanted into her mother. Full report: Bailii.

DB v DLJ [2016] EWHC 324 (Fam) (24 February 2016)
Husband's application that the wife do show cause why an arbitral award should not be made an order of the court. Application granted. Full report: Bailii.

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