News Essentials: 21st August 2017

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

Gwynneth Knowles QC appointed to High Court Family Bench
Appointment with effect from 2nd October 2017. Full story: Family Law Hub.

Report calls for young children to have an independent right to privacy
The rise of ‘sharenting’, YouTube families and ‘science entertainment’ television programmes adversely affects the privacy of children, according to a new report. Full story: Family Law.

Children: surrogacy, and single people and parental orders: House of Commons Briefing Paper
Published in anticipation of changes expected in new session of Parliament. Full story: Family Law Hub.

'Unlawful' family court agreement axed
A joint agreement aimed at tackling delays in care proceedings has been ditched amid concerns it is unlawful and could lead to collusion between social workers and family court guardians. Full story: Children & Young People Now.

Counselling domestic abusers cuts offending by third, say researchers
A radical counselling scheme for some domestic abusers cuts offending by a third, researchers say. Full story: BBC News.

X (A Child) (No 5) [2017] EWHC 2141 (Fam) (17 August 2017)
Further judgment in care proceedings concerning a 17 year old girl who has made determined attempts to commit suicide on a large number of occasions. Full report: Bailii.

Gaspar v Zaleski & Ors [2017] EWHC 1770 (Ch) (12 July 2017)
Wife was seeking a declaration that she was part owner of a property and an order for sale pursuant to the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 so that she could realise her interest. Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub.

G (Children) (Habitual Resident), Re [2017] EWHC 2111 (Fam) (19 June 2017)
Judgment concerning issue of whether the court has jurisdiction in relation to proceedings issued by the mother under the inherent jurisdiction concerning two children currently staying in Abu Dhabi. Full report: Bailii.

R v P [2017] EWHC 1804 (Fam) (03 March 2017)
Application by father for summary return of child to Lithuania. Application dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

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