29th Nov 2018 | Bailii
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
Joan Connell represented the Local Authority in the case: London Borough of Merton v SB & Ors  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.
4th Jul 2018 | Bailii
Joan Connell represented the respondent local authority in proceedings in which the Appellant Mother successfully appealed a refusal for an adjournment for six months at a final hearing. At the time of the final hearing L, was 7 months old. M was a recovering alcoholic who sought further time to demonstrate abstinence and insight into the concerns of the local authority regarding her honesty and ability to work with professionals in the event of a future relapse. The court at first instance refused the application for an adjournment and made care and placement orders. On appeal the final orders were set aside, the adjournment granted and the case set down for a further hearing. The President’s guidance in Re S Child  EWHC was considered.
3rd Aug 2018 | Bailii
Ranjit Singh appeared on behalf of the applicant Local Authority in this case before Keehan J, where a central issue was the sexualised behaviour of the subject children. Care Orders were made on the basis of the children remaining in long-term foster care
29th Sep 2017 | Bailii
The leading authority in respect of the reliability of hair strand testing for drugs and how the results of hair tests should be interpreted by practitioners. Ronan O'Donovan appeared on behalf of Lextox, one of the laboratories intervening in ongoing care proceedings where the issue of the mother's use of drugs was called into dispute by a trichologist. Peter Jackson J held that the variability of findings from hair strand testing does not call into question the underlying science, but underlines the need to treat numerical data with proper caution.
24th Aug 2017 | Bailii
The Local Authority had applied for a Secure Accommodation Order in respect of a 14-year-old boy. This high-profile judgment, delivered in open court, attracted the attention of national media and focuses on the unavailability of placements for a child in secure accommodation.
21st Jun 2017
Mrs Justice Roberts dismisses Wife’s attack of a trust owning shares in companies worth £50m
20th Mar 2017
Court of Appeal dismisses proposed appellant's application to set aside consent order made in financial remedy proceedings