The View from the Daily Mail: Squandering and other lost opportunities

This is a post by Sarah Phillimore and represents her views about the Daily Mail which she hopes, but cannot assume, are shared by other members of the Transparency Project.

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McKenzie Friends: responses to the consultation

In February 2016, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, and the Judicial Executive Board issued a consultation entitled “Reforming the courts’ approach to McKenzie Friends”.

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Tape recording of an expert (a SHOCKING case)

Re F (A Minor) 2016.

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Law for social workers (part 3)

This time I’m going to deal with Placement Orders and Adoption Orders.

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A postcard from the President…

CAFCASS and The President slip out three distinct reform bombshells, all with a common purpose : managing the ever rising number of care applications in the context of the ever diminishing pot of funds.

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Law for social workers (part 2)

In this part, I’ll tell you the key tests and principles from the Acts and case law, for each sort of order.

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Law for social workers (Part 1)

This piece is aimed at social workers, but it isn’t exclusively for them.

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A Christian Concern

The judgment following the rehearing in the case of M (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 61 (02 February 2016) has now been published, see Re M  (No 2) [2016] EWHC 1658 (Fam) (19 May 2016), a judgment of Newton J.

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Case Comment: In the matter of B (A child) [2016] UKSC 4

In the first international child abduction case involving same-gender parents, the Supreme Court has decided that the English court still has jurisdiction to make decisions about the welfare of a child (B) who was taken to live in Pakistan by her biological mother.

Full post: UK Supreme Court Blog

14th View from the President’s Chambers: Care cases: Settlement conferences and the ‘tandem’ model

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has issued his 14th ‘View’ dealing with care cases, and setting out two new initiatives: settlement conferences and the ‘tandem model’.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Human Rights Act Claims in Family Proceedings – the costs catch 22 resolved?

This case just published : Re BB (A Child) [2016] EWFC B53 (26 June 2016), HHJ Murfitt.

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Prison threat for “gran jailed over a hug”

Lucy Reed examines the accuracy of a story in the Daily Mail regarding the Kathleen Danby case.

Full post: The Transparency Project

CA orders release of court judgment on Ellie Butler’s death

This is the most recent in the long series of legal steps touching on the violent career of Ben Butler, recently convicted of the murder of his daughter, Ellie.

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Fathers’ rights: The view from Jeremy Corbyn’s rooftop

What exactly are the protesters seeking?

Full post: Marilyn Stowe Blog

Evidence of the intentions of cohabitants

Graeme Fraser explains how the decision in Ely v Robson shows that, in the absence of family law based cohabitation statutory remedies, the court will continue to scrutinise the available evidence to demonstrate the parties’ intentions when it comes to agreements between cohabitants.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Two million things wrong with this headline…

Lucy Reed dissects a headline in the Daily Mail regarding the legal aid bill in the Ellie Butler case.

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"I feel like the game of judicial Twister that is the line of authorities about delayed parental order applications is going to give someone a serious strain before long" says Lucy Reed.

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Pensions on divorce for litigants in person

This short note is written for those who would like to instruct a solicitor but cannot afford to do so and find themselves bewildered by the issue of pensions and how that fits into a divorce settlement.

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Absconding and secure accommodation

Rw W (A Child) (2016).

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