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Legal decisions and social work

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, retires this month. Naomi De Silva looks at how his rulings have affected social work.

News headlines

Jul 16, 2018

Public law family barrister moves to 42 Bedford Row

Gemma Farrington, a family law practitioner who specialises in complex public and private law work, has joined 42 Bedford Row.
Jul 05, 2018

Average time for disposal of care cases rises to 30 weeks: MoJ

The average time for a care or supervision case to reach first disposal rose to 30 weeks in January to March this year – the highest average since early 2014, the Ministry of Justice has revealed.
Jul 03, 2018

Council solicitor to face charge of perverting the course of justice

A solicitor with Hampshire County Council, Jeremy Penny, will appear in court later this month to face a charge of perverting the course of justice following postal requisition.
Jun 21, 2018

Top family judge concerned at prospective closure of FDAC National Unit

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has expressed concern at the “profoundly disturbing news” that the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) National Unit has had to withdraw its application for funding to the Life Chances Fund…
Jun 14, 2018

Rise in care cases has made workload of judiciary and court staff “untenable”: senior judge

The President-Designate of the Family Division, Lord Justice McFarlane, has suggested that his predecessor, Sir James Munby, was “fully justified” in describing the problems caused by the significant rise in care applications as a crisis.

Features and analysis

Good expert or bad?

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When it comes to historic social care claims, the answer lies in the prep, writes Laura Broadhead.

Children, consent and confinement

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The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers analyse recent rulings in relation to deprivations of liberty involving children and the question of consent.

Magical sparkle powers

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Mr Justice Mostyn has recently issued two rulings on secure accommodation and consent. Andrew Pack examines the judgments and the prospect of an appeal.

Establishing a regional adoption agency

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What issues should local authorities consider when establishing a regional adoption agency? Olwen Dutton explains.

Older articles

Jul 16, 2018

Public law family barrister moves to 42 Bedford Row

Gemma Farrington, a family law practitioner who specialises in complex public and private law work, has joined 42 Bedford Row.
Jul 06, 2018

Legal decisions and social work

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, retires this month. Naomi De Silva looks at how his rulings have affected social work.
Jul 06, 2018

Good expert or bad?

When it comes to historic social care claims, the answer lies in the prep, writes Laura Broadhead.
Jul 05, 2018

Average time for disposal of care cases rises to 30 weeks: MoJ

The average time for a care or supervision case to reach first disposal rose to 30 weeks in January to March this year – the highest average since early 2014, the Ministry of Justice has revealed.
Jul 03, 2018

Council solicitor to face charge of perverting the course of justice

A solicitor with Hampshire County Council, Jeremy Penny, will appear in court later this month to face a charge of perverting the course of justice following postal requisition.
Jun 21, 2018

Top family judge concerned at prospective closure of FDAC National Unit

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has expressed concern at the “profoundly disturbing news” that the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) National Unit has had to withdraw its application for funding to the Life Chances Fund…
Jun 15, 2018

Children, consent and confinement

The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers analyse recent rulings in relation to deprivations of liberty involving children and the question of consent.
Jun 14, 2018

Rise in care cases has made workload of judiciary and court staff “untenable”: senior judge

The President-Designate of the Family Division, Lord Justice McFarlane, has suggested that his predecessor, Sir James Munby, was “fully justified” in describing the problems caused by the significant rise in care applications as a crisis.
Jun 11, 2018

City council faces judicial review over £5m SEND funding reduction

Bristol City Council has become the latest local authority to face a judicial review challenge over a decision to cut funding for special educational needs and disabilities.
May 23, 2018

Tandem system in public law proceedings “working well”, MoJ review finds

The ‘tandem’ system of representation for children in public law cases works well and does not need major reform, a Ministry of Justice review has found.
May 17, 2018

LGO urges councils to support special guardians as 70% of complaints upheld

Seven out of ten complaints received about the problems faced by special guardians are upheld, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has revealed.
May 17, 2018

Council to pay backdated support to 170+ families over special guardian issues

More than 170 families in the North East are to receive backdated financial support after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found problems with the way North Tyneside Council was paying support to special guardians.
May 16, 2018

Council to review cases after judge criticises failure on duty of candour

The London Borough of Brent is to review all judicial review cases involving its Children and Young People’s Services team for potential disclosure failures, after a Deputy High Court judge criticised the council for failing properly to discharge…
May 16, 2018

Tribunal rejects claims of detriment from safeguarding lead who sued for £1.4m

An Employment Tribunal has rejected whistleblowing allegations made against North Somerset Council by a former service leader in safeguarding.
May 09, 2018

Family Division judge refuses council permission to withdraw care proceedings

A Family Division judge has refused an application by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to have care proceedings for child C either dismissed or withdrawn.
May 02, 2018

Ombudsman warns councils on timescales for Education, Health and Care plans

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised Cornwall Council for the way it carried out the transfer of a boy’s Statement of Special Educational Needs (Statement) to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
Apr 26, 2018

NICE defends guidance on spotting injuries to babies after criticism from researchers

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has defended its guidance on spotting injuries to babies after criticism from researchers on television.
Apr 25, 2018

Media watchdog upholds complaint by council over “distorted” coverage of foster case

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has upheld a complaint by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets against a national newspaper’s coverage of a fostering case.
Apr 24, 2018

Sir Andrew McFarlane named new President of Family Division

Sir Andrew McFarlane, a Lord Justice of Appeal since 2011 and the Supervising Lord Justice for Family Cases, has been named President of the Family Division.
Apr 20, 2018

Magical sparkle powers

Mr Justice Mostyn has recently issued two rulings on secure accommodation and consent. Andrew Pack examines the judgments and the prospect of an appeal.

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