Family Law (18 June – 2 July)

Ellie MacKenzie Family Law, News 0 Comments

Family News Childminders leave sector at rate of six-a-day Cypnow – 27 June Between December 2017 and March 2018, an average of six childminders left the sector per day. In the past six years, there has been a 27% decrease in the workforce. Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (Pacey) chief executive Liz Bayram has called for action to …

Family Law (4 June – 18 June)

Ellie MacKenzie Family Law, News 0 Comments

Family News Early years cuts ‘pushing more children into care’ in England The Guardian – 12 June Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has warned that cuts to ‘early years and youth services’ will lead to more children slipping through the net. Preventative services, such as Sure Start, have received cuts of up to 60% to their funding. As …

Transparency and Family Court documents

David Burrows Family Law 0 Comments

Sir James Munby P: ‘transparency’ and the family courts A history of Sir James Munby’s judicial career can be written from his judgments on ‘transparency’ in the family courts. To this can now be added Re G (A Child: transparency in the family courts) [2018] EWHC 1301 (Fam) (18 May 2018), which deals with the relatively limited issues of the …

Bloomsbury Professional Family Law Conference: Morning Review

Jo Harwood Family Law 0 Comments

The inaugural Bloomsbury Professional Family Law Conference brought together a world-class panel of speakers to explore some of the major challenges and issues within family justice. I attended as a PhD student from the University of Warwick, currently nearing the end of my studies. In addition to providing a much-appreciated break from the at times rather isolating world of doctoral …

Bloomsbury Family Law Briefing: May Teaser

David Burrows Family Law 0 Comments

Appeals: time for appeal and clarification of judge’s reasons What can a prospective appellant do if he or she has a judgment which needs clarification by the judge before a notice of appeal can be filed? Meanwhile the party knows that time is running in the Court of Appeal for an appeal notice to be filed. The Court of Appeal …

Family Law (21 May – 4 June)

Ellie MacKenzie Family Law, News 0 Comments

Feature of the Fortnight Female genital mutilation protection The spectrum of law, and of human rights law, covered by family proceedings can be seen in A Local Authority v M & N (Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order) [2018] EWHC 870 (Fam) (19 April 2018). In M & N Hayden J granted to a local authority a FGMP order under Female …

Bloomsbury Family Law Conference: The Challenges facing Family Lawyers in the 21st Century

Lord Justice McFarlane Family Law 0 Comments

It is an honour to be invited to give the keynote address at the start of the very first Bloomsbury Family Law Conference. Bloomsbury Publishing are to be congratulated for picking up the baton by organising this major one-day event with an impressive range of speakers looking at all aspects of family law. The topic, ‘The Challenges facing Family Lawyers …

Bloomsbury Professional Family Law Conference Review

Julie Doughty Family Law 0 Comments

The first Bloomsbury Professional Family Law Conference was held in London on 16 May. The opening address was given by the incoming President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, a founding editor of the Encyclopaedia of Children Law and Practice, now co-edited with Madeleine Reardon, 1 King’s Bench Walk. He outlined some pressing issues in family justice: digitisation of …

Joining the dots: what social workers have been trying to tell us

Madeleine Reardon Family Law 1 Comment

Many of you reading this will have shared this experience. You are cross-examining a witness (in this case a social worker) and gradually, as a result of your thorough prep and impressive forensic skills, the other side’s case begins to crumble. In the particular case I’m thinking about, the evidence just didn’t add up. There were inconsistencies in the social …

Family Law (30 April – 14 May)

Ellie MacKenzie Family Law, News 0 Comments

Family News Third of children referred by schools denied mental health treatment Cypnow – 14 May An NSPCC Freedom of Information request to the NHS has revealed that one-third of children who are referred to specialist mental health services by their schools have been turned away by the NHS since 2014. In the four-year period, 56% of the referrals came from …