News Essentials: 1st August 2016

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

Ellie Butler murder: Father displayed 'pattern of impulsive violence'
A man who murdered his six-year-old daughter was described as displaying a "pattern of impulsive violence" months before she died, it has been revealed. Full story: BBC News. See the judgment C (A Child), below.

Court of Protection extends pilot testing increased access for public and media
A pilot scheme which has allowed the public and media to gain greater access to Court of Protection hearings is to continue for a further 12 months. Full story: Family Law Week.

Supreme Court rules against Named Person scheme
Judges at the UK's highest court have ruled against the Scottish government's Named Person scheme. Full story: BBC News.

Final Report on Civil Court Structure published
Lord Justice Briggs has published his final report following a review of the civil courts. Full story: Family Law Hub.

Mother wins funding for her costs debt to provide her with equality of arms
In BC v DE an unmarried mother successfully claimed under Sch 1 Children Act 1989 for the father to make interim provision to meet her historic as well as future costs in both these proceedings for financial provision for the child and proceedings concerning the arrangements for that child of the parties. Full story: Family Law.

Sale under Insolvency Act 1986 s 335A should not be postponed because of respondents’ disabled child
In Grant & Another v Baker the High Court has determined that the sale of a property, sought by the trustee in bankruptcy, should not be postponed until the respondents' disabled adult child no longer resided at the property. Full story: Family Law Week. See report, below.

C (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 798 (29 July 2016)
Appeal against decision to block publication of judgment of Eleanor King J in the Ellie Butler case. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

W (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 793 (29 July 2016)
Appeal by prospective adopters against dismissal of adoption application, in favour of special guardianship order to paternal grandparents. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

Goyal v Goyal [2016] EWCA Civ 792 (29 July 2016)
Appeal against an order transferring a pension annuity held in India to the ex-wife on the grounds that there was no jurisdiction. McFarlane concluded the judge had no jurisdiction to make that order, set it aside and remitted the case for consideration of a pension sharing application. Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub.

Grant & Another v Baker [2016] EWHC 1782 (Ch) (18 July 2
Successful appeal by the trustees in bankruptcy of the first respondent against an order that the sale of a property owned by the first and second respondents be postponed until the respondents’ disabled adult child no longer resided at the property. Full report: Family Law Week.

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