News Essentials: 11th December 2021

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


Ex-Tory minister Andrew Griffiths found to have raped wife
A family court judge concluded Andrew Griffiths, 51, pressurised Kate Griffiths, MP for Burton-upon-Trent, into engaging in sexual activity. Full story: BBC News.

Practice message issued for London Financial Remedies Court
The lead judge for the London Financial Remedies Court, and deputy national lead judge, His Honour Judge Hess, has issued a practice message for those appearing as practitioners or as litigants in the London Financial Remedies Court. Full story: Family Law.

Improving the Family Court response to domestic abuse: Domestic Abuse Commissioner’s proposals
The Domestic Abuse Commissioner has published proposals for a mechanism to monitor and report on domestic abuse in private law children proceedings. Full story: Family Law Week.

‘Neglected’ fostering services face crisis in morale and funding, warns UK charity
Survey reveals critical shortage in placements with government accused of ‘relying on goodwill of carers to supplement the state’. Full story: The Observer.


Griffiths -v- Tickle [2021] EWCA Civ 1882 (10 December 2021)
Appeal by father against decision that fact-finding judgment in children proceedings should be published with the names of the father and mother included. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

C (Children), Re [2021] EWFC B72 (28 April 2021)
Final hearing of care proceedings concerning 3 children, including comment on deficits in the social work investigation and in the presentation of the case. Full report: Bailii.

A, B, C and D (Children) [2021] EWFC B69 (06 August 2021)
Final hearing of care proceedings concerning four children. Full report: Bailii.

S v S [2021] EWFC B71 (30 July 2021)
Final hearing of husband's financial remedies claim. Full report: Bailii. See also my post, here.

A County Council v A Mother & Ors (Refusal to make a DOLS order) [2021] EWHC 3303 (Fam) (01 December 2021)
Application by LA for DOLS order, in circumstances where they have been unable to identify suitable regulated premises where child can be accommodated. Full report: Bailii.

A Mother v Derby City Council & Anor [2021] EWCA Civ 1867 (07 December 2021)
Appeal by mother against order authorising deprivation of liberty of child in an unregistered children's home. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

HH v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and ASP (CSM) (Child support - calculation of income) [2021] UKUT 280 (AAC) (12 November 2021)
2012 Scheme - Whether non-resident parent's current income as an employee or office-holder includes income received in respect of employment that has ceased before the effective date of the maintenance calculation. Full report: Bailii.