News Essentials: 6th November 2021

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


Solicitor loses latest bid for financial support from parents
A middle-aged solicitor’s latest bid for continued financial support from his parents has been rejected, with the Court of Appeal today ruling his proposed appeal is ‘completely without merit’. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Judge credits psychological assessment with calming of “high octane” conflict between parents and care workers
A High Court judge has credited a psychological assessment "almost entirely" for helping repair a deeply polarised relationship between care workers and the parents of a boy with serious disabilities who is subject of an application for a care order. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Record number of domestic abuse victims made homeless
Charities call for more social housing to address ‘heartbreaking and shameful’ new statistics. Full story: The Observer.


BBC v A & B (Placement Order) [2021] EWFC B66 (05 November 2021)
Final hearing of care and placement proceedings concerning a girl aged 14 months. Full report: Bailii.

A Local Authority v A Mother & Anor [2021] EWFC B65 (20 July 2021)
Application by local authority re: end of life treatment for 13 year old child in care. Full report: Bailii.

E v B (Interim Maintenance Inaccurate Time Estimate) [2021] EWFC 90 (04 November 2021)
Wife’s applications for interim maintenance and a costs allowance, within claim for financial relief after an overseas divorce, including judicial criticism of inaccurate time estimate. Full report: Bailii.

A and B (Children), Re [2021] EWFC B64 (18 October 2021)
Application by journalist for permission to publish details of hearing in private law children proceedings, in particular identity of expert. Full report: Bailii.

Derby City Council v BA & Ors [2021] EWHC 2931 (Fam) (03 November 2021)
Judgment in 4 cases concerning whether it remains open to the court to authorise, under its inherent jurisdiction, the deprivation of liberty of a child under the age of 16 in cases where a placement either will not or cannot comply with the Practice Guidance. Full report: Bailli.

SS v MCP (No. 2) [2021] EWHC 2898 (Fam) (03 November 2021)
Father's application for order under inherent jurisdiction for the summary return of child from India. Application dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust v AS & Ors [2021] EWHC 2927 (Fam) (27 October 2021)
Application by hospital Trust for determination as to what treatment is in best interests of 4 year old child suffering from Krabbe Disease, a life-limiting genetic disorder. Full report: Bailii.

Siddiqui v Siddiqui & Anor [2021] EWCA Civ 1572 (02 November 2021)
Application for permission to appeal from order dismissing applications by 41 year old man for financial orders against his parents, under s27 MCA, s15 & Sch1 CA 1989, & inherent jurisdiction. Permission refused. Full report: Bailii. See also my very brief note, here.

A Local Authority v Mother & Ors [2021] EWHC 2794 (Fam)
An application for a costs order was brought by the LA, the parents, and the Children’s Guardian against DM and MH. DM was originally appointed as the Father’s intermediary and MH acted as his intermediary for 2 days of what was supposed to be the final hearing. The substantive case concerned care proceedings brought by the LA. Mrs Justice Lieven determined that a costs order against DM was justified. Full report: Family Law Week.

BT v CU [2021] EWFC 87 (01 November 2021)
Husband's Barder application to set aside parts of financial order due to the impact of Covid on his school meals business. Application dismissed. Full report: Bailii. See also my brief note, here.

Cathcart v Owens [2021] EWFC 86 (01 November 2021)
Application by wife to dismiss husband's application to set aside financial consent orders on the basis of fraud relating to the wife's IVF treatment after the parties separated. Husband's application dismissed. Full report: Bailii. See also my post, here.