News Essentials: 29th August 2017

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

No secure care place available for 'dangerous' teenager, UK judge told
Interim judgment sent to education secretary as search continues for secure accommodation for 14-year-old boy. Full story: The Guardian.

Brexit: Government wants continuing judicial relationship
A continuing formal reciprocal judicial relationship with the EU will be essential after March 2019, the government conceded today. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Court approves £10k settlement over delays in providing sex education
The Court of Protection has approved a £10,000 damages settlement plus costs to a man with Down's Syndrome and an associated learning difficulty over delays in the provision of sex education. Full story: Local Government Lawyer. See CH v A Metropolitan Council, below.

New victim and witness rooms to improve court experience
Victims and witnesses will have their experience of going to court made easier through a number of new waiting rooms. Full story: Family Law.

Heterosexual couple take civil partnership case to Supreme Court
A heterosexual couple who want to enter a civil partnership instead of getting married have been granted the right to take their case to the Supreme Court. Full story: BBC News.

S (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 249 (24 February 2017)
Appeal by mother against care and placement orders in relation to 16 month old child. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

M v F & SM (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008) [2017] EWHC 2176 (Fam) (23 August 2017)
Application for parental order in relation to child born as a result of a gestational surrogacy arrangement between the applicant and her former partner, where the child was born to a surrogate mother. Wardship continued until law changed to permit applications for parental orders by a single applicant. Full report: Bailii.

CH v A Metropolitan Council [2017] EWCOP 12 (28 July 2017)
Application on behalf of claimant for approval of a proposed settlement of his claim for damages against Local Authority pursuant to HRA 1998. Full report: Bailii.

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