Ellie Butler – drawing together some strands and discussion

Several family lawyers have been discussing this case on Twitter, and it was suggested to us that it might be helpful to draw together a document with some important questions and our answers.

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Court can EXTEND a Supervision Order after the original has run out

A Local Authority v D and Others 2016.

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Application to dismiss a Guardian for bias

QS v RS & Another 2016.

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“Neglected children can stay with travellers in the spirit of diversity” [mis] reports the Daily Mail

Today’s Daily Mail article suggesting Mr Justice Mostyn has left neglected traveller children in danger at home, in the face of social workers seeking their removal – just to be tolerant towards different communities.

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Ellie Butler murder – some of the things the press haven’t told you

This is not intended to be an overview of what happened, what went wrong or what I think about the Ellie Butler murder. This is just me sharing some information that the media have neglected, for whatever reason, to foreground or include in their narrative of this case.

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What price transparency?

Lucy Reed explains what has, until now, prevented her blogging about the Ellie Butler case.

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Very tangled web and a very sad situation

Re E (Children -Fact Finding) [2015] EWFC B217 (28 April 2015).

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Adopting more children from care will save £310m, says government – or does it?

Community Care tweeted this week that “Adopting more children from care will save £310m, says government“, linking to the article of the same name.

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Can an adoption order be undone?

An adoption order made by a court in England and Wales is normally irreversible, once the time limits for appeal have passed. This premise will be under scrutiny in October, when a re-hearing of an earlier fact-finding family court decision is scheduled.

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Inordinate delay in issuing proceedings (£45K damages)

Re X, Y and Z  (Damages: Inordinate Delay in issuing proceedings) 2016.

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Pre-flight checklist

I found quite a lot of Re F (Children) 2016 to be fairly stodgy porridge, eaten in the Scottish style with salt rather than sugar.

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Victory on secret courts?

In early 2014 the Daily Mail ran with the headline “At last! Victory on secret courts: Rulings in family cases to be made public after Mail campaign”.

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Moving forward

Lisa Fabian Lustigman and Jemma Thomas of Withers LLP consider potential ways forward to address parental alienation.

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Child questioned on FORTY FOUR occasions about alleged abuse by father

AS v TH (False Allegations of Abuse) [2016] EWHC 532 (Fam) (11 March 2016).

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Data protection and the family law conspiracy

We recently reported on the contentious case of a father who had placed listening devices on his daughter’s clothing to record conversations with social workers.

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FGM and future risk

Buckinghamshire County Council v MA and Another 2016.

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Yet more IVF misery due to clinic mistakes with paperwork

Re N 2016.

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Ticking ALL the boxes

This particular decision is Re J 2016.

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Sick note

What happens when a party to Court proceedings is too ill to participate in a key hearing, perhaps even the final hearing, and seeks an adjournment.

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The Ireland Report and the Fitness to Practise Panel in respect of Professor Ireland

In 2012, the “Ireland Report” was published. It was highly critical of the standards of psychological reports prepared for the family courts, something that there had been rumbling concerns about for years.

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Cheshire Cat, Cheshire Act

Following the Supreme Court decision in Cheshire West, which greatly expanded the definition of restriction of liberty to the point where the system has almost entirely broken down due to the huge increase in volume, the Law Commission have published an interim report on Deprivation of Liberty.

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