A new facet of child protection: London Borough of Tower Hamlets v B

London Borough of Tower Hamlets v B [2015] EWHC 2491 (Fam)- Heydon J.

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Litigants in person costs awards

It’s a little known thing that under rule 46.5 of the Civil Procedure Rules (which do apply to family proceedings – see FPR 28.2) the court may award a litigant in person their costs.

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Court’s power to get an expert report for free

Re RS 2015.

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Care proceedings can be retrospectively validated

Re D (Children) 2015.

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ISIL child brides: a big care problem for the Family Court?

London Borough Tower of Hamlets v B [2015] EWHC 2491 (Fam) 21 August 2015.

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The case of a Judge, a barrister, some bad weather and the right to that fundamental thing: A FAIR HEARING

Re G (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 834.

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appeal – no contact, section 91(14) and judicial conciliation

Re T (A child) (Suspension of Contact) (Section 91(14) 2015 has some peculiar quirks, and one point which is probably important.

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Our love affair with recitals

I recall, some years ago, being challenged by the legal adviser at a Family Proceedings Court (as they then were) to cite the statutory source of the power to use recital.

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Protecting Vulnerable Parties And Witnesses In Court

In ‘Safeguarding measures, intermediaries and vulnerable witnesses: foot notes from the trenches’ Gillian Geddes discusses the proposed changes to Family Procedure Rules 2010.

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Clarity First: Dear Transparency Project…

David Burrows suggests that family lawyers look around at the kitchen into which the press and public are being so earnestly invited.

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Adoption: the EU angle

My eye was caught this week by the publication of a judgement in an adoption dispute which had made its uncertain way all the way to the Court of Appeal.

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Cross-petitions: A rule-makers' controversy

David Burrows asks: Does a respondent to a divorce petition still have the right to file an answer with cross-prayer to a divorce petition?

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Revocation of adoption order

In this case, Pauffley J had to decide whether to revoke an adoption order that was made in 2004.

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Birch: Power to vary a financial relief undertaking

In Birch v Birch [2015] EWCA Civ 833 the Court of Appeal considered the sometimes troubled area of matrimonial finance undertakings in court orders.

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Re-e-wind, when the crowd say Bo Selecta!

This case is Re M, not Re E, but is a case where the Court made a decision to re-e-wind the care proceedings.

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Payne v Payne - The Long Goodbye Continues

As someone whose life is unduly preoccupied with thinking about relocation law, I find it fascinating that the English courts cannot bring themselves to say, in straightforward terms, what we on the sidelines have known for so long - Payne v Payne has had its day.

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Consultation on new FPR 2010, Pt 3A—vulnerable witnesses and children

The Family Procedure Rules Committee has made recommendations arising from the final report of the Vulnerable Witnesses & Children Working Group.

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Family judges leave the legal aid fight to the admin court

The Family Division seems to have given up on the real fight for legal aid (with the noble exception of HHJ Bellamy sitting as a High Court J.

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Strategy meetings

Re L  (application to withdraw ) (Head injuries : Unknown cause) 2015.

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Contested adoption – Return of a child to parents

Re W (Adoption- Reunification) [2015] EWHC 2039 (Fam) (22 July 2015) is an extraordinary decision of Ms Justice Russell.

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