Adoption Debate

Yesterday I participated in the Adoption Debate at the Bristol Civil & Family Justice Centre, hosted and chaired by His Honour Judge Wildblood QC, Designated Family Judge for the Bristol area.

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Prurient Interest v. Public Interest

Mr Justice Charles has handed down a judgement requesting anonymity for a patient long after death. He has done so, both as a sitting judge in the COP and ‘as a High Court’ Judge. It is likely to have far reaching implications for the media.

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Woman who sparked versus Magical Sparkle Powers

V v Associated Newspapers Ltd 2016.

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Court of Protection orders continued reporting restrictions after death

In the matter of proceedings brought by Kings College NHS Foundation Trust concerning C (who died on 28 November 2015) v The Applicant and Associated Newspapers Ltd and others [2016] EWCOP21.

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Secret information, secret hearings…

Re I (A Child) [2016] EWHC 910 (Fam) (18 April 2016), Holman J is indeed an odd case.

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Family law practice and procedure in the 21st Century: fit for purpose?

This evening Marilyn Stowe had the great honour of delivering the prestigious Mark Bailey Lecture 2016 at the Grammar School at Leeds.

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Something something oranges something

Re I (A child) 2016.

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Either lawyers are regulated, or they aren't

We really need to decide: should the public be protected from the possibility that they may suffer serious loss from charlatans posing as lawyers/legal advisers, or not?

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Re-evaluating the test for the transfer of care proceedings

Family analysis: When should care proceedings be transferred to a ‘better placed’ court in another Member State?

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The Court’s Magical Sparkle Powers (TM) – can you take a DNA paternity test from a dead man?

Spencer V Anderson 2016.

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Judge allows paternity test for DNA disease analysis

A fascinating case in the Family Division throws up a number of facts that some may find surprising.

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Lie detectors and litigation

The question of lie detectors comes up from time to time in connection with family proceedings.

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The unspeakable in pursuit of the inaudible

Re C (Children) 2016.

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Preacher and Cyanide

This was a Court of Appeal decision about whether a parent can be prevented from giving their children names of their choosing.

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The Panama Papers, privilege and financial settlements

Prominent family lawyers have suggested – for example in the Law Society Gazette – that the Panama Papers might be used to show fraud.

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Divorce and the Panama Papers

To what extent do wealthy spouses make use of offshore investments to try and keep assets out of reach of their wives or husbands?

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Joint advice on divorce: an alternative to mediation and arbitration

What if one family lawyer could advise the couple jointly? Asks Marilyn Stowe.

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Family Procedure Rules 2010—what’s changing?

With the effect from 6 April 2016 there will be various amendments to the Family Procedure Rules 2010, including the addition of two new Parts and a new Practice Direction.

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