Capacity to consent to sexual relations: obscurity illuminated?

This post deals with the recent judgment of the Court of Protection in London Borough of Tower Hamlets v NB (consent to sex) [2019] EWCOP 27 and the consequences of sensational commentary on it.

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Pass the bundle…

So, a few months ago there was a flurry of notices about the collection of bundles at the end of court hearings, with stern warnings about who would be reported to the ICO for GDPR breaches if the right person didn't take responsibility for the right bundle at the right time.

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How does the family court treat domestic abuse?: (A snapshot continued – part 4)

A Child (Threshold: Inflicted Injury and Domestic Abuse) [2019] EWHC 1511 (Fam) (21 May 2019).

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Nothing else will do…?

Earlier this week, a judgment was published on Bailii by His Honour Judge Greensmith sitting at the family court in Liverpool. In my view, this judgment is a compelling read and beautifully demonstrates the law in action.

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How does the family court treat domestic abuse?: A snapshot (continued)

This blog post considers the case of O and Y (Children: Care Order) [2019] EWFC B22 (24 May 2019).

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The President’s Expert Witness Working Group Symposium: in which lawyers (for once) were not the loudest voices in the room

A collective of medical and legal professionals descended on the Royal Courts of Justice on 4th July 2019 to discuss the current shortage of medical experts in the family courts.

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A view from the front row – a barrister’s perspective of the family court’s mishandling of children cases involving domestic abuse

This is a guest post from Dr Charlotte Proudman. Charlotte is a family law barrister at Goldsmith Chambers specialising in violence against women and girls.

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Children Cases in the Family Court – Interim Proposals for Reform (Private Law)

Following on from our post summarising the key recommendations from Mr Justice Keehan’s Public Law Working Group which can be found here, we now turn our attention to the issue of private law.

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Children Cases in the Family Court – Interim Proposals for Reform (Public Law)

Today, the President of the Family Court Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, published interim reports from his Public and Private Law Working Groups.

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‘Custody fights blight four in ten break ups’ – A word of caution?

At the beginning of May various news reports claimed that the number of separating couples going to court to resolve disputes about their children was 4 times higher than previously believed.

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