News Essentials: 17th October 2020

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


Remote hearing success means no backlog in some family courts
The family court system has adapted so well to remote working that some courts do not have a backlog of cases, the president of the Family Division said yesterday. Full story: Legal Futures.

Ofsted consults on new approach to Cafcass inspections
We've launched a new consultation on how we plan to inspect Cafcass from 2021: stakeholders can give their views until 11 November. Full story: Ofsted.

Coronavirus: Self-isolation raising concerns for divorced parents sharing children, say lawyers
Increased social distancing measures to combat the coronavirus are putting strain on UK families with shared childcare arrangements, say family and divorce lawyers. Full story: The Independent.

Education Secretary urges overhaul to adoption system
To coincide with National Adoption Week, the Education Secretary calls for overhaul of overly bureaucratic adoption system. Full story: Department for Education.

High Court upholds order to stop barrister from acting
The High Court has upheld a highly unusual order prohibiting counsel from continuing to act for the father in a bitter child custody dispute because of acrimony between her and the mother. Full story: Legal Futures.

Barrister disbarred for divorce case deception
A barrister who deliberately attempted to deceive the court during divorce proceedings has been disbarred by a disciplinary tribunal. Full story: Law Society Gazette.


CTD (A Child: Rehearing) [2020] EWCA Civ 1316 (14 October 2020)
Appeal from findings of fact that were made at a rehearing of care proceedings. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Ahmed v Iqbal (Order Preventing Counsel from Acting) [2020] EWHC 2666 (Fam) (13 October 2020)
Appeal against an order prohibiting counsel then acting for the appellant father in proceedings under Part II of the Children Act 1989, from accepting further instructions from the father in those proceedings. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Amin v Amin & Ors [2020] EWHC 2675 (Ch) (12 October 2020)
Appeal against declaration that appellant held property on trust for her deceased husband and two sons. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

A Local Authority v MM & Ors [2020] EWFC 65 (07 October 2020)
Application under Brussels IIa for welfare stage of care proceedings to be transferred to Romania. Application dismissed. Full report: Bailii.