Cases Archive

23rd Jan 2020 | Bailii

Hertfordshire County Council v AK and another [2020] EWHC 139 (Fam)

Deprivation of liberty orders should only be made if a child’s current circumstances justify the making of one. They should not be made on a contingent or anticipatory basis for such unspecified time when a child’s circumstances deteriorate.
9th May 2019

A Local Authority v A Mother & Others [2019] EWCA Civ 799

Robin Powell, representing the Local Authority, successfully appealed against a finding made by the Judge at first instance that four rib fractures suffered by a baby were sustained accidentally by overlying while co-sleeping with her mother. The Court of Appeal allowed the appeal and remitted the case for rehearing. To read a full case summary, please click here
12th Apr 2019 | Bailii

A Local Authority v C [2019] EWHC 1782

Joan Connell represented the children through their Children’s Guardian in a case in which the children’s mother had been murdered by their father. The court had to determine which of two family members, one paternal and one maternal, should care for the children throughout their minority and also issues of contact with the father in prison. The court also considered the legal principles to be applied in circumstances where a person found guilty of an offence refuses to accept the outcome of the criminal trial.
6th Apr 2020 | Bailii

CQ, DQ & EQ [2018] EWHC 3979 (Fam)

Jay Banerji led by Sarah Morgan QC acted for the mother in this fact-finding involving allegations of forced marriage, FGM, and physical abuse. Wardship proceedings ran alongside the forced marriage application brought by the Chief Constable.
5th Apr 2019 | Bailii

A [2019] EWFC B18

The court approved the Children’s Guardian’s recommendation for the child to return to the care of the mother under the auspices of a Supervision Order.  The Judgment carefully considers the evaluation of risk in cases relating to past alcohol misuse and the duties of the Local Authority to identify and provide appropriate support.
4th Apr 2019

B (Children: Uncertain Perpetrator) [2019] EWCA Civ 575

Successful appeal against findings of fact made by the court at first instance, where the trial judge was criticised for not applying the correct test for the identification of perpetrators of significant harm. The case raises an important principle about the proper approach to take when identifying perpetrators and the risk of effectively reversing the burden of proof
29th Nov 2018 | Bailii

Wodehouse v Wodehouse [2018] EWCA Civ 3009

The Court of Appeal allowed an appeal against an order in financial remedy proceedings directly against a discretionary trust, of which the husband was a potential beneficiary, to make a lump sum payment to the wife. The judge had had no power under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 s.23(1) to make such an order against a third party.
20th Apr 2017 | Bailii

London Borough of Merton v SB & Ors [2017] EWFC B81

Joan Connell represented the Local Authority in the case: London Borough of Merton v SB & Ors [2017] EWFC B81. Mark Twomey QC represented the Respondent Mother, who made a successful application for the transfer of care proceedings to Slovakia under the provisions of Article 15 of BIIR.