Monday, June 24, 2019

News Essentials: 24th June 2019


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

NEWS
McFarlane tells family lawyers: don't do more than a full day's work
Tweets highlighting unreasonable judicial behaviour are likely to be referred to local leadership judges, the president of the family division has warned, after reading two social media posts last weekend about judges. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Family Justice Panel update
Panel members confirmed to steer call for evidence on how the family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill: What does research tell us?
The Nuffield Foundation has published a new briefing note, authored by Professor Liz Trinder, ahead of the second reading of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill which is scheduled in the House of Commons on Tuesday 25 June. Full story: Nuffield Foundation.

Extension of the Financial Remedies Courts project to 8 new zones is a success
Today, Wednesday 19th June 2019, a press release was issued from the Judiciary of England and Wales, written by Mr Justice Mostyn acting as the National Lead Judge for the Financial Remedies Courts project. Full story: Class Legal.

President issues guidance on forms of order in children cases
The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has published guidance on Forms of Orders in Children Cases, for judicial and practitioner's information. Full story: Family Law Week.

Campaigners call for shared parenting presumption in the law
Campaigners for shared parental rights have called for a presumption in law that children will spend roughly equal time with their parents following a separation or divorce, after a YouGov survey suggested the majority of the public agrees. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

CASES
SD v AFH (Appeal: Coercive and controlling behaviour: Inference or speculation) [2019] EWHC 1513 (Fam) (13 June 2019)
Application by father for permission to appeal against findings of coercive and controlling behaviour in private law proceedings. Permission refused. Full report: Bailii.

T (A child), Re [2019] EWHC 1572 (Fam) (12 June 2019)
Care proceedings in which the issue arose as to the registration of the child's birth, the father being fundamentally opposed to registration. Full report: Bailii.

NY (A Child : 1980 Hague Abduction Convention : Inherent Jurisdiction) [2019] EWCA Civ 1065 (18 June 2019)
Mother's appeal from order requiring the summary return of child to Israel. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

M (Deprivation of Liberty in Scotland) [2019] EWHC 1510 (Fam) (17 June 2019)
Judgment concerning deprivation of liberty of 13 year old girl currently accommodated in a placement in Scotland. Full report: Bailii.

London Borough of Wandsworth v Lennard [2019] EWHC 1552 (Fam) (14 June 2019)
Application by local authority to commit defendant for alleged breach of order prohibiting him from harassing employees of the local authority. Full report: Bailii.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

News Essentials: 17th June 2019


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

NEWS
Draft Domestic Abuse Bill report published by Joint Committee
Greater protection needed for victims of domestic abuse. Full story: Family Law Week.

End to divorce ‘blame game’ moves closer
Biggest shake up of divorce laws in 50 years aimed at reducing conflict and supporting children and families. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Expected implementation date for DoLS replacement model announced by care minister
Liberty Protection Safeguards due to come into force in October 2020, though existing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards authorisations will remain in place until they expire. Full story: Community Care.

CASES
A Child (Threshold: Inflicted Injury and Domestic Abuse) [2019] EWHC 1511 (Fam) (21 May 2019)
Judgment in care proceedings principally dealing with issues relating to the responsibility for the causation of injuries to child, and to determine the extent to which the mother failed to protect him. Full report: Bailii.

B v A Local Authority [2019] EWCA Civ 913 (11 June 2019)
Appeal against order making various declarations as to the mental capacity of 31 year old woman with learning difficulties, epilepsy and considerable social care needs. Full report: Bailii.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

News Essentials: 10th June 2019


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

NEWS
Domestic abuse survivors 'more at risk of serious mental illness'
Women who experience domestic abuse are three times more likely to develop a serious mental illness, Birmingham University research suggests. Full story: BBC News.

Campaigners call for reforms to surrogacy laws
Consultation urges creation of national register to allow those raised by surrogate parents to find out about their origins. Full story: The Guardian.

CASES
A City Council v LS & Ors (Secure Accommodation Inherent Jurisdiction) [2019] EWHC 1384 (Fam) (04 June 2019)
Judgment dealing with issue of whether the High Court has power under inherent jurisdiction, upon the application of a local authority, to authorise the placement in secure accommodation of a 17 year old child who is not looked after by that local authority, whose parent objects to that course of action, but who is demonstrably at grave risk of serious, and possibly fatal harm. Full report: Bailii.

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Monday, June 03, 2019

Internet Newsletter for Lawyers May/June 2019

The latest issue of the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers is now published.
In this issue:
  • Litigation – Edward Bird of Solomonic explains the ins and outs of predictive analytics for civil litigation
  • Publishers – David Hand brings us up to date on developments at Justis Publishing, now part of vLex
  • Crowdfunding – Daniel Jennings of Wright Hassall considers the rising model of litigation crowdfunding
  • Legal practice – Jordan Furlong argues for a complete rethink of how we provide legal services, starting from scratch
  • The Online Court – Nick Holmes reviews the development of the Online Court and the digitisation of justice
  • Digital marketing – Elle Pollicott of Hallam Internet explains the importance of content marketing in a digital strategy
  • Plus – Computers & Law reshaped; Regulation update; Workplace monitoring

News Essentials: 3rd June 2019


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

NEWS
Legal aid: change of process in family high cost cases from 3 June 2019
The high cost family case planning process has been changed. Full story: Family Law Week.

Family courts failing victims of abuse and rape, say experts calling for inquiry
Risk assessment is inadequate and victims are told to limit number of allegations, letter to MoJ states. Full story: The Guardian.

Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 comes into force
On Sunday, 26 May, the Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration etc) Act 2019 came into force. Full story: Family Law Week.

CASES
CA v KA [2019] EWHC 1347 (Fam) (11 April 2019)
Judgment on application by father for the summary return to Germany of his daughter. Application dismissed, on the basis of acquiescence. Full report: Bailii.

Chaudhri v Shafi & Ors [2019] EWHC 1272 (Fam) (16 April 2019)
Hearing reconsidering the making of a freezing order made in connection with the failure of the respondent to comply with a lump sum order. Full report: Bailii.

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