News Essentials: 26th June 2021

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


Family Court Statistics Quarterly: January to March 2021
Quarterly data on the volume of cases dealt with by family courts over time, with statistics also broken down for the main types of case involved. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Legal aid statistics: January to March 2021
Activity in the legal aid system for England and Wales, including criminal and civil legal aid, family mediation, providers of legal aid client characteristics and Central Funds payments. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Ombudsman finds London council failed to keep child safe
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said the London Borough of Lewisham exposed a former looked after child to 'significant harm' while she was in its care and failed to look into her concerns properly. Full story: Family Law Week.

Husband jailed after he lied to get out of making payments to ex-wife
A husband has been jailed for perverting the course of justice after he lied on oath and submitted doctored bank statements to get out of making payments to his ex-wife. Full story: Worcester News.

Strasbourg orders UK to pay damages over family court judge's findings
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered the UK to pay damages to a social worker who became aware of criticisms of her conduct only when a family court judge delivered an oral judgment at the end of a hearing. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Three in four domestic abuse cases end without charge in England and Wales
Data comes to light as part of review into police response to abuse during coronavirus pandemic. Full story: The Guardian.

Directory of legal aid processes restarting after Covid-19 contingency published by LAA
Information on business as usual restart dates and changes to current operational Covid-19 contingency ways of working. Full story: Family Law Week.


Salford City Council v W & Ors [2021] EWHC 1689 (Fam) (24 June 2021)
Care proceedings in relation to 5 children, who have lived with maternal aunt since 2017. Judgment concerning issue of whether children are, or have been at any point, 'looked after' for the purposes of the Children Act 1989. Full report: Bailii.

ND v GD (Financial Remedies) [2021] EWFC 53 (14 June 2021)
Financial remedies case, involving long marriage, inherited assets and W diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Full report: Bailii.

Des Pallieres v Des Pallieres [2021] EWCA Civ 955 (25 June 2021)
Appeal by W from refusal to enforce French financial order by rectifying registration order erroneously made under wrong procedure. Held, no power to rectify. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

A v B (Port Alert) [2021] EWHC 1716 (Fam) (25 June 2021)
Application by father for, inter alia, a freestanding port alert order. Held, there was no real and imminent risk that the mother would remove child from jurisdiction. Application dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

Abbasi & Anor v Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWHC 1699 (Admin) (23 June 2021)
Judgment upon the jurisdiction, if any, that the High Court Family Division has to maintain a Reporting Restriction Order prohibiting the naming of any medical clinicians as being involved in the care and treatment of a child who had been the subject of “end of life” proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

A (Children) (Abduction: Article 13(b)) [2021] EWCA Civ 939 (23 June 2021)
Appeal by mother from order that children be returned to the United States of America. Appeal allowed, on basis that mother had established Art 13(b) defence. Full report: Bailii.

Z v Z (Contact in Prison) [2021] EWFC 47 (07 June 2021)
Application by father, presently serving a prison sentence, for contact with children, aged 16 & 14. Indirect supervised contact ordered. Full report: Bailii. See also my post, here.

AB, Re (Children) (Care & Placement Orders) [2021] EWFC B34 (23 April 2021)
Applications for care and placement orders in relation to two children, born in 2018 and 2019. Care and placement orders made. Full report: Bailii.