News Essentials: 17th July 2017

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

Judge warns double-booked lawyers: We will start case without you
A family judge has issued a public warning to solicitors and barristers to avoid 'cross courting' that impacts on the progress of a case. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Outdated law of wills needs 'overhaul'
Law Commission consults on proposals to ease strict rules. Full story: Family Law Week.

Pension inequality ended for same-gender couples
Supreme Court judgment finds Equality Act exemption unlawful. Full story: Family Law Week.

Care applications to Cafcass in June up 3 per cent on a year ago
1,319 care applications received. Full story: Family Law Week.

Private law applications to Cafcass in June up 12 per cent on a year ago
Highest number of new cases in a month for more than three years. Full story: Family Law Week.

Charity issues guidance on publication of judgments about family matters
The Transparency Project has published a new guide designed to help parties in the family justice system “navigate the complicated issue of publishing judgments about private family matters”. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act (Cases AD, AE, AF, AG and AH : No 2) [2017] EWHC 1782 (Fam) (13 July 2017)
Guidance by President for use in cases in which partner of mother of child born as a result of IVF treatment seeks a declaration that they are the child's legal parent, following administrative failure by clinic providing treatment. Full report: Bailii.

C (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 980 (12 July 2017)
Appeal by father against refusal of application for summary return of children to Australia. Full report: Bailii.

P-K (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 965 (12 July 2017)
Application for permission to appeal findings of fact made in public law children proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

S-F (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 964 (12 July 2017)
Appeal by local authority against refusal to make a placement order. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

E and N (No 2), Re [2017] EWFC B27 (06 July 2017)
Judgment concerning the admission of potentially illegally obtained surveillance evidence in care proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

SA v FA (setting aside consent order on ground of duress) [2017] EWHC 1731 (Fam) (16 May 2017)
Application by mother to set aside consent order dismissing proceedings relating to the return of children from Iraq, on the ground of duress. Application granted. Full report: Bailii.

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