News Essentials: 25th September 2021

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


Swearing in of the new Lord Chancellor, the Attorney General and new Solicitor General
The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP has been officially sworn in as Lord Chancellor. The Attorney General and the new Solicitor General were also sworn in at the same ceremony. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Court of Appeal counsels against orders in childcare cases extending time for making application for appeal until receipt of transcript
The Court of Appeal has warned against orders in childcare proceedings extending the time for making an application for permission to appeal by reference to the receipt of a transcript rather than by reference to a specific date. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Surrogacy on the rise in England and Wales
The number of parents having a baby using a surrogate in England and Wales has almost quadrupled in the last 10 years, new figures show. Full story: BBC News.

Councils should lose responsibility for children in care to national service, says fostering charity
TACT urges care review to recommend creation of 'National Care Family' to deliver children in care and care leaver services. Full story: Community Care.


L (A Child) (Injunctive Relief) [2021] EWFC B53 (15 July 2021)
Application by mother to discharge care order, and for an injunction requiring the return of the child to his great-grandparents. Full report: Bailii. See also my (very) brief note, here.

OCC v K (Care Orders) [2021] EWFC B52 (16 September 2021)
Final hearing of application for care orders in relation to 3 children aged 15, 14 and 12. Full report: Bailii.

Birmingham City Council v R & Ors [2021] EWHC 2556 (Fam) (21 September 2021)
Application by LA for the court to review a DOLS" authorisation made in respect of a 16 year old child. Full report: Bailii.

B-M (Children: Findings of Fact) [2021] EWCA Civ 1371 (20 September 2021)
Appeals by parents from findings of fact made in care proceedings. Appeals dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

London Borough of Croydon v S [2021] EWHC 2521 (Fam) (27 April 2021)
Application by LA for interim care order in relation to 2 week old child, whose sibling had previously been found to have suffered non-accidental injuries, inflicted either by the mother or the father. Full report: Bailii.

A Local Authority v L & Ors [2021] EWFC B51 (28 June 2021)
Care proceedings in relation to 6 children. Fact-finding concerning alleged abuse of one of the children by her father. Full report: Bailii.