News Essentials: 15th January 2022

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


Notice from the Financial Remedies Court
Statement on the efficient conduct of financial remedy hearings proceeding in the FRC below High Court Judge level, together with accompanying documents. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Balancing transparency and confidentiality ‘really difficult’ – McFarlane
Greater transparency is necessary for the public to have confidence in the family justice system but balancing openness with confidentiality will be ‘really difficult’, the president of the Family Division told MPs today. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

Lead Judge for Private Family Law
The President of the Family Division is pleased to announce that Mrs Justice Knowles has been appointed to the role of Lead Judge for Private Family Law, with effect from 1 January 2022. Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

Home Office decides not to adopt a data firewall for migrant victims of domestic abuse
The Domestic Abuse Commissioner has said the decision of the Home Office not to put in place a data-sharing firewall between the police and immigration enforcement is "extremely disappointing". Full story: Family Law Week.

Commission on Young Lives report published
The Commission on Young Lives report chaired by former Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, was published in December 2021. Full story: Family Law Week.


Together for Children Sunderland (on Behalf of Sunderland Council) v A Mother & Ors [2022] EWFC 1 (14 January 2022)
Fact-finding hearing in public law proceedings concerning two children, in relation to allegations of sexual abuse against the father. Full report: Bailii.

A (Fact-Finding - multiple bruising), Re [2021] EWFC B88 (18 March 2021)
Fact-finding hearing in care proceedings in respect of 5 year old child, in relation to a range of bruising injuries sustained by her. Full report: Bailii.

CW v CH (MFPA 1984 Part III: Interim Applications) [2022] EWFC 1 (10 January 2022)
Application by W against seeking interim periodical payments and a costs allowance in respect of legal fees. Full report: Bailii.