B (Child) [2011] EWCA Civ 509 (11 March 2011)

Care proceedings. Appeal by mother against refusal of application for permission to bring a contact order application. Appeal allowed.

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Legal Services Commission v F, A & V [2011] EWHC 899 (8 April 2011)

Appeal by the Legal Services Commission against a costs decision requiring the LSC to pay the interveners' costs. Appeal dismissed.

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Re H (A Child) [2011] EWCA (Civ) (7 April 2011)

Appeal by mother against findings and declarations made in the course of contact enforcement proceedings. Appeal allowed in part.

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D v N and D (By her Guardian ad Litem) [2011] EWHC 471 (Fam) (8 March 2011)

Mother retained child wrongfully in Poland after holiday. Father sought an order from the English court for child's return under Brussels II Revised. Return ordered.

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IJ (A Child), Re [2011] EWHC 921 (Fam) (19 April 2011)

Reasons given for the granting of a Parental Order under Section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

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X, Y, Z (Minors), Re [2011] EWHC 402 (Fam) (03 March 2011)

Fact-finding hearing to determine whether the local authority was correct in its claim that the mother had failed to give the children, who had been abused by a paedophile, the care which a reasonable parent would provide. The judge also made observations about the practices and procedures of the local authority.

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S (Children) , RE [2011] EWCA Civ 454 (18 April 2011)

Father granted leave to remove 2 children from the jurisdiction to live with him in Canada. Mother appealed the order in so far as it related to the younger child. Appeal allowed.

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Ambrosiadou v Coward [2011] EWCA Civ 409 (12 April 2011)

Appeal against the refusal to continue an injunction concerning the disclosure of confidential information pertaining to the parties’ personal and business relationship. Appeal allowed in part.

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Hemans V RB Windsor & Maidenhead [2011] EWCA Civ 374 (2 March 2011)

Appeal by local authority against finding of homelessness under Part VII of the Housing Act 2006 because interim accommodation was inappropriate for child's welfare. Appeal allowed.

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Anayo v Germany ECHR (App No 20578/07) (21 December 2010)

Held that there had been a violation of the Art 8 rights of a biological father who was refused contact with his children without the best interests of the children being considered.

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A Local Authority v C [2011] EWHC 231 (11 February 2011)

Fact-finding. Allegations of sexual abuse to pre-pubertal child and the importance of compliance with the RCPCH Guidelines.

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D [2010] EWHC 3342 (21 December 2010)

Judgment in care proceedings as to whether there should be a fact-finding hearing into the father’s alleged involvement in the death of his child from a previous relationship, K, the father having been acquitted of murder or manslaughter in relation to the same allegations. Hedley J held that there should not be a fact-finding hearing.

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M (A Minor) [2011] EWCA Civ 317 (25 February 2011)

Court of Appeal judgment concerning the granting of leave under s. 47(5) Adoption and Children Act 2002 for a parent to defend an adoption. Appeal dismissed.

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A v A Local Authority [2011] EWHC 727 (COP) (29 March 2011)

Application in the Court of Protection on behalf of A pursuant to s.21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to vary the terms of the standard authorisation approved by a local authority authorising the deprivation of A’s liberty at a nursing home.

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Eliassen & Anor v Eliassen & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 361 (01 April 2011)

Appeal against order for the return of children under the Hague Convention, on the grounds that the judge had been wrong to reject the mother's defence under Article 13b of the Convention and that the judge had failed to apply the decision of the ECHR in the case of Neulinger. Appeal dismissed.

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