News Essentials: 31st May 2016

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

Independent review into Sharia Law launched
An independent review into the application of Sharia Law in England and Wales has been launched by Home Secretary Theresa May today. Full story: Home Office.

Two in three domestic abuse victims unaware of legal aid eligibility
Lack of information on legal rights and available services is harming access to justice. Full story: Solicitors Journal.

CCMS funding applications when unable to meet client
Providers unable to see clients in their office can now follow a new funding process in the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS). Full story: Family Law.

Problems with Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards can only be resolved by reform of the law, says report
The Law Commission has published an interim report proposing that the problems with the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) can be resolved only by wholesale replacement of the DoLS and reform of the law. Full story: Family Law.

Fifth of UK couples close to break-up - Relate study
Almost one in five (18%) of couples in the UK argue regularly or consider separating, a study suggests. Full story: BBC News.

Father bugs daughter's clothes in court battle over who she lives with
Listening devices sewn into schoolgirl’s blazer and coat to record talks with social worker, family court ruling reveals. Full story: The Guardian. See M v F, below.

Children in care: Call to cut prosecutions for minor offences
Children in care should not be prosecuted for minor offences, a report looking at their over-representation in the criminal justice says. Full story: BBC News.

Randall v Randall [2016] EWCA Civ 494 (27 May 2016)
Appeal by H against order that he had no standing to contest validity of W's mother's will, which had the effect of leaving him with nothing from the estate. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

S (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 495 (27 May 2016)
Appeal by father against decision to make a child arrangements order in favour of the mother. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Tattersall v Tattersall [2016] EWCA Civ 486 (25 May 2016)
Husband's application for permission to appeal in respect of 3 orders made in relation to the enforcement of a financial remedy order made in December 2012. Full report: Bailii.

V-Z (Children), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 475 (25 May 2016)
Appeal against care orders in respect of four children of Czech heritage, and placement orders in respect of the youngest two. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

M v F (Covert Recording of Children) [2016] EWFC 29 (16 May 2016)
Judgment including judicial warning about covert recording of children involved in family proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

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