News Essentials: 12th February 2018

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

Court of Protection: SRA regulation allows for immediate approval of trust corporations
Trust corporations wanting to act as property and affairs deputies for incapacitated people must be regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to gain immediate approval, the Court of Protection has ruled. Full story: Legal Futures.

Supreme Court to decide whether ‘anticipatory retention’ is recognised under the 1980 Hague Convention
Judgment in appeal against C (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 980 to be given on 14 February 2018. Full story: Family Law Week.

CCLC report calls for effective access to justice for all children
A Coram Children’s Legal Centre report has found that the narrowing in scope of provision of legal aid by LASPO has resulted in thousands of children being left without access to free legal advice and representation each year. Full story: Family Law.

Foster care in England report published
Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers's independent review of the fostering system in England with recommendations to the government about improving foster care. Full story: Department for Education.

An NHS Trust v S & L (A Child) (Witholding Life Sustaining Invasive Treatment) [2017] EWHC 3619 (Fam) (10 November 2017)
Application by NHS Trust for declarations relating to the continued treatment of a young child suffering from a terminal condition. Full report: Bailii.

Anderson v Spencer [2018] EWCA Civ 100 (07 February 2018)
Appeal against order directing that DNA extracted from a deceased man should be tested against a bodily sample to be taken from the Respondent, to establish whether the deceased was or was not the Respondent's biological father. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

J (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 115 (06 February 2018)
Appeal by father against no contact and indirect contact only orders in respect of two children. Appeal allowed, but no other order made, as it was considered too late to contemplate a re-hearing. Full report: Bailii.

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