News Essentials 11th July 2020

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


Appeal judges reject divorcee’s negligence claim
The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that a negligence claim brought by a woman against her law firm over its work on her divorce was out of time. Full story: Legal Futures. For my summary of the case, see here.

Digitised Consent Orders
Using the Digitised Consent Order system becomes compulsory for Solicitors submitting financial consent orders from 24th August 2020 onwards. Full story: Class Legal.

Consultation on improving the procedure for the enforcement of family financial orders
The Family Procedure Rule Committee has announced a stakeholder consultation on making the general enforcement application procedure (for the enforcement of family financial orders) more effective. Full story: Family Law.


Z (A Child : DOLS: Lack of Secure Placement) [2020] EWHC 1827 (Fam) (10 July 2020)
Application by local authority for an order under the inherent jurisdiction for a deprivation of liberty authorisation, in relation to a 13 year old child. Full report: Bailii.

Evans v MGJ [2020] EWFC B26 (22 April 2020)
Application to purge his contempt and be released from a sentence of nine-months imprisonment imposed on him on 17 December 2019, for breaching orders made in the Family Court Full report: Bailii.

Manjra v Shaikh [2020] EWHC 1805 (Fam) (08 July 2020)
Appeal against refusal to discharge non-molestation order granted in 2016, and substitution of an order which was expressed to "continue indefinitely". Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii. For my summary, see here.

Gandesha & Anor v Gandesha & Ors [2020] EWHC 1743 (QB) (02 July 2020)
Appeal against order refusing the application for an order for the sale of property under s.14 TOLATA. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

X (A Child), Re [2019] EWHC 479 (Fam) (27 February 2019)
Application by father for summary return of child to Czech Republic. Return ordered. Full report: Bailii.

Lancashire County Council v M & N (Injured Child) [2020] EWFC B31 (03 July 2020)
Final hearing of care proceedings concerning two boys aged 5 and 3, in which the only issues remaining for determination were the local authority's allegation that the father inflicted injuries to the younger child at Xmas 2019 and their allegations concerning his activities at this time. Full report: Bailii.

A1 & Ors v M & Ors [2020] EWFC B30 (3 July 2020)
Application by maternal grandmother and step-grandfather for an adoption order. Full report: Bailii.