News Essentials: 2nd July 2018

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

Family Court Statistics Quarterly: January to March 2018
A statistical bulletin presenting statistics relating to the family courts in the first quarter of 2018 (January to March). Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Three new appointments to the UK's top appeal court
Lady Justice Arden DBE and Lord Justice Kitchin will join the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom as Justices on 1 October 2018, followed by Lord Justice Sales on 11 January 2019, it was announced today. Full story: Supreme Court.

Appointment of Lord and Lady Justices of Appeal 2018
The Queen has approved the appointment of three Lady Justices and four Lord Justices of Appeal. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Ban on heterosexual civil partnerships in UK ruled discriminatory
Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan win bid to open up civil unions to opposite-sex couples. Full story: The Guardian. See law report, below.

Court in tangle after law firm ‘whistleblower’ sends it privileged material
The president of the Family Division is to be asked what the court should do in the highly unusual case of a ‘whistleblower’ from the solicitors of one party to a divorce sending it legally privileged information. Full story: Legal Futures. See Bruzas v Saxton, below.

What normal looks like: McFarlane to canvass views on parental guidance
The next family law chief could produce general guidance to help manage separated parents' expectations about child contact if he receives widespread backing from other judges when he tours England and Wales this autumn. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

P (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 1483 (28 June 2018)
Appeal by mother against refusal of application to adjourn care and placement proceedings for 6 months, where she was an alcoholic and had been abstinent for 13 months. Appeal allowed and placement order set aside. Full report: Bailii.

Northamptonshire County Council & Anor v The Lord Chancellor (via the Legal Aid Agency) [2018] EWHC 1628 (Fam) (05 June 2018)
Judgment addressing the circumstances in which damages recovered pursuant to the Human Rights Act in respect of breaches of duty by a Local Authority following care proceedings are subject to the Legal Aid Agency statutory charge in respect of the costs of those care proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

R (on the application of Steinfeld and Keidan) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for International Development [2018] UKSC 32 (27 June 2018)
Appeal considering whether the bar on different-sex couples entering into civil partnerships breaches the appellants’ rights under ECHR, art 8, in conjunction with art 14. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

Bruzas v Saxton [2018] EWHC 1619 (Fam) (21 June 2018)
Directions hearing in case in which wife seeks to set aside consent order, alleging perjury and perverting the course of justice by husband and his legal team, following disclosure of documents by "whistle blower" on H's legal team. Full report: Bailii.

G (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 2638 (08 November 2017)
Appeal by father against dismissal of application for leave to oppose the making of an adoption order in respect of his child. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

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