Joan Connell

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Joan accepts instructions in relation to all types of private law applications involving children, including on behalf of parents and rule 16.4 Guardians. Joan has particular expertise in difficult and intractable contact disputes and applications for permission to remove children from the jurisdiction.

Reported cases
29th June 2009

DS v RS [2009] EWHC 1594 (Fam)

Application for permission to remove a child to India temporarily for the purpose of a wedding
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Joan represents local authorities, parents and Children’s Guardians on a daily basis. She is regularly instructed on complex cases involving allegations of sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, fabricated illness, death of a child, assessment of relatives abroad, secure accommodation orders and adoption.

Reported cases
20th August 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.
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10th December 2018 | 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.
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10th December 2018 | Bailii

P (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 1483

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 [2014] EWHC was considered.
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Joan has considerable experience of international care cases when acting for both local authorities and parents and involving applications under Articles 15 and 56 of BIIa and also the assessment of relatives abroad.

Reported cases
29th June 2009

DS v RS [2009] EWHC 1594 (Fam)

Application for permission to remove a child to India temporarily for the purpose of a wedding
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Family Law Bar Association