News Essentials: 23rd October 2017

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

Council vicariously liable for abuse perpetrated by foster parents
Local authority has no non-delegable duty to ensure reasonable care of fostered children. Full story: Family Law Week.

Family Drug and Alcohol Court and councils to receive £6m+ from social impact bond
The Family Drug and Alcohol Court and partner local authorities are to receive £6.2m over seven years through a social impact bond to support its work within the family court system, the Government has announced. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Divorces in England and Wales: 2016
Dissolutions and annulments of marriage, by previous marital status, sex and age of divorcees. Includes number of children and fact proven at divorce. Full story: Office for National Statistics.

'Clumsy' lawyers risk appeals after judge clarifies family court powers
A broad interpretation of the family court's powers risks creating a surge in appeals if 'clumsy' lawyers delve into areas beyond their specialism. Full story: Law Society Gazette. See CH v WH.

Mr Justice Baker appointed as the Senior Family Liaison Judge
Appointment has immediate effect. Full story: Family Law Week.

CL v AL [2017] EWHC 2154 (Fam) (11 August 2017)
Judgment concerning issue of whether two children should live with the father in this country or with the mother in Australia. Full report: Bailii.

B (A Child), Re [2017] EWCA Civ 1579 (18 October 2017)
Appeal by father against order allowing publication of judgment in relation to his contact application, in case where he had covertly recorded conversations he had had with a social worker, a Cafcass officer and a solicitor. Full report: Bailii.

Pickard & Anor v Constable [2017] EWHC 2475 (Ch) (06 October 2017)
Appeal by the trustee in bankruptcy against an order that the sale of the matrimonial home be delayed until the death or earlier permanent vacation of the property by the husband. The appeal was allowed and order for sale was made for 12 months time with permission for the husband to apply for a further postponement. Full report: Bailii, via Family Law Hub.

Mazhar v The Lord Chancellor [2017] EWFC 65 (12 October 2017)
HRA claim in relation to an order authorising the removal of the claimant to a hospital for medical treatment. Full report: Bailii.

R v R & Anor [2017] EWCA Civ 1588 (17 October 2017)
Appeal by husband against dismissal of application to extend reporting restrictions order made in proceedings under Part III MFPA 1984. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

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