News Essentials: 27th June 2016

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

Sharia councils inquiry launched
The Home Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry into Sharia councils operating in the UK. Full story: Family Law.

EU referendum result - statement from Resolution Chair
Statement of Resolution Chair Nigel Shepherd following the EU referendum result. Full story: Resolution.

18 EU countries agree to clarify rules on property regimes for international couples
On 9 June 18 member states (not including the UK) of the EU reached a general approach on two regulations aimed at determining the rules applicable to property regimes for married couples or registered partners in cross-border situations. Full story: Family Law Week.

Supreme Court strikes out appeal in Re D (A Child)
The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in Re D (A Child) [2016] UKSC 34, striking out the appeal on the ground that it does not have jurisdiction to hear the appeal. Full story: Family Law. See also report below.

Ellie Butler judge 'took unwarranted steps' to reunite her with violent parents
Mrs Justice Hogg criticised by case review for ‘extraordinary’ decision to return child 11 months before father beat her to death. Full story: The Guardian.

Munby orders rehearing of case where child was adopted
A fact-finding hearing against parents who had their child adopted is to be reheard, after a criminal trial brought new evidence to light. Full story: Community Care. See Re X (A Child).

A (A Child), Re [2016] EWCA Civ 572 (23 June 2016)
Appeals against collection order and order requiring return of child to Sweden. Appeal against collection order dismissed and appeal against return order allowed. Full report: Bailii.

In the matter of D (A Child) [2016] UKSC 34 (22 June 2016)
Appeal by father against refusal to recognise Romanian custody order. Held that the Supreme Court did not have jurisdiction to entertain the appeal, which was therefore struck out. Full report: Bailii.

Harb v HRH Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz [2016] EWCA Civ 556 (16 June 2016)
Financial remedies – Contract – Agreement to withdraw claim in return for a lump sum payment and property transfer – Agreement by the son of the husband – Whether the agreement was legally enforceable. Full report: Family Law.

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