News Essentials: 11th September 2017

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

Returning jihadis will end up in family courts, Lord Chief Justice warns
British jihadis returning from Syria will put pressure on the family courts over the next year, the Lord Chief Justice has said. Full story: The Telegraph.

Welsh Government launches consultation on cross-border secure accommodation placements
Consultation focuses on local authorities’ duties. Full story: Family Law Week.

Serious case review questions ‘value’ of supervision orders
Review says murder of Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith by her mother could not have been predicted, but criticises ‘lack of professional curiosity’. Full story: Community Care.

London borough finds interim placement for teenager after judicial criticism
Southwark Council has now said it has found an interim placement for a troubled teenager after criticism from a judge. Full story: Local Government Lawyer. See F (A Minor : secure accommodation resources).

Welsh Government consults on SGOs
New code of practice to come into force in July 2018. Full story: Family Law Week.

Launch of IFLAS – International Family Law Arbitration Scheme
New innovative arbitration scheme launched. Full story: Family Law Week.

Hart v Hart [2017] EWCA 1306 Civ (31 August 2017)
Appeal by wife against financial award, concerns the approach which the court should take to non-matrimonial property, in this case pre-acquired assets. Full report: Bailii.

Elatawna v Elatawna and the Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] EWHC 2165 (Fam) (25 August 2017)
Abduction – Immigration – Hague Convention application – Pending asylum appeal – Whether a return order could be made. The return order was stayed until 15 days after the determination of the mother’s asylum appeal. Full report: Family Law.

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