Goldstone v Goldstone & Ors [2011] EWCA Civ 39 (28 January 2011)

Ancillary relief proceedings in which the wife contended that the bulk of the husband's fortune was deposited in a group of companies. The question arose as to whether a preliminary issue relating to the companies was governed by the Family Proceedings Rules or the Civil Procedure Rules. The judge found that these were family proceedings. An appeal against that decision was dismissed.

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TW v A City Council [2011] EWCA Civ 17 (20 January 2011)

Application for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal, with appeal to follow, against findings of fact by an intervener in care proceedings, TW. Permission granted and appeal allowed.

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Jones v Jones [2011] EWCA Civ 41 (28 January 2011)

Appeal by wife against ancillary relief order, whereby she received an award of £5.4m. The primary issue to be decided was the value to be attributed to the husband's company as at the date of the marriage. Appeal allowed and the wife awarded £8m.

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Hajduova v Slovakia (App No 2660/03) (30 November 2010)

Husband convicted for having abused and threatened the wife, and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment instead of a prison sentence. Held that the state's failure to order the husband's detention enabled him to make further threats against the wife and was a breach of the state's positive obligations under Article 8 to secure respect for the wife's private life.

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JD & Ors v City & County of Swansea & Anor [2011] EWCA Civ 34 (26 January 2011)

Appeal by parents against a care order, where the care plan provided for the child to continue to live with the mother, provided that the father continued to reside elsewhere. The parents, who are married, wish to resume married life and together care for the child. Appeal allowed. Full care order set aside and replaced by interim care order.

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AVS v A NHS Foundation Trust [2011] EWCA Civ 7 (17 January 2011)

Application for permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Protection (see here). Permission refused.

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CW v NT & Anor [2011] EWHC 33 (Fam) (21 January 2011)

Surrogacy arrangement - mother changed her mind about handing over the baby - father applied for a residence order - application refused and residence order made in favour of mother.

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T (A Child) [2010] EWCA Civ 1585 (18 November 2010)

Appeal by grandparents against a refusal to make an order for costs in their favour in care proceedings, in which the local authority unsuccessfully sought findings against them. Appeal successful.

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A (A Child), Re (No 2) [2011] EWCA Civ 12 (19 January 2011)

Wardship proceedings. Father sought permission to appeal against findings of fact. Permission refused on certain grounds, permission granted but appeals dismissed on certain grounds, and permission granted and appeals allowed on other grounds. Full judgment giving reasons.

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K (A Child) [2010] EWCA Civ 1546 (25 November 2010)

Appeal by Polish father under the Hague Convention against refusal to grant return order on the grounds that it was against his daughter’s interests. Appeal successful.

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Re S (Care Order: Fact Finding) [2010] EWCA Civ 1363 (7 December 2010)

Removal of child from mother in prison under a police protection order in response to reports of unsatisfactory behaviour by the mother held to be justified.

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W (A Child) [2010] EWCA Civ 1535 (24 November 2010)

Appeal by adopters, supported by local authority, of order of Holman J setting aside adoption order and granting mother permission to oppose the making of an adoption order. Appeal allowed.

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Ambrosiadou v Coward [2010] EWCA Civ 1456 (23 November 2010)

Applications in the Court of Appeal relating to a permission to appeal the refusal to continue an injunction concerning the disclosure of confidential information pertaining to the parties’ personal and business relationship. No order made.

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Re A (Children) [2010] EWCA Civ 1490 (23 September 2010)

Appeal by father in care proceedings against refusal by the judge to set aside findings of fact following recusal by the judge. Appeal allowed.

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