Re Z (Adoption: Scottish Child Placed in England: Convention Compliance) [2012] EWHC 2404 (Fam) (30 August 2012)

Adoption application opposed by the parents on the grounds that the earlier Scottish placement procedure breached Arts 6 and 8 ECHR. Application granted.

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D and L (Surrogacy) [2012] EWHC 2631 (Fam) (28 September 2012)

Parental orders made pursuant to s.54 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 in respect of twin boys. Judgment dealing with issues relating to s.54(1), dispensing with consent and authorisation of payments given by the Applicants.

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Derbyshire County Council v HM and Others [2011] EWHC 3389 (Fam) (15 December 2011)

Proceedings to determine which of two local authorities was the designated authority for the purposes of the Children Act 1989, section 31. Consideration as to whether the children in question were looked after children for the purposes of section 105(6).

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KK v STCC [2012] EWHC 2136 (COP) (26 July 2012)

Case concerning an 82-year old woman living in a nursing home, who wished to return to her own home.Judgment dealing with issues of capacity and deprivation of liberty.

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H-T (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1215 (11 September 2012)

Care proceedings. Appeal against s.34(4) direction giving the local authority permission to refuse any contact between the parents and any of the four children. Appeal allowed.

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I (A Child) [2012] EWCA Civ 1217 (24 July 2012)

Application for permission to appeal against a placement for adoption order. Application granted in part.

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Bristol City Council v A and A and Others [2012] EWHC 2548 (FAM) (25 September 2012)

Care proceedings in which two hair-strand tests were carried out to detect the mother's drug use, with contradictory results, one of the testers subsequently accepting that that its analysis was erroneous and unreliable.

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Independent Trustee Services Ltd v GP Noble Trustees Ltd & Another [2012] EWCA Civ 195

Appeal from dismissal of an application by trustees of pension funds to recover monies paid to the wife after an ancillary relief order, in circumstances where the husband had fraudulently appropriated the funds from the pension funds. Appeal allowed.

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J (A Child: Disclosure), Re [2012] EWCA Civ 1204 (21 September 2012)

Appeal against dismissal of application for disclosure by local authority of details relating to allegations of sexual abuse against the father. Appeal allowed.

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Akhtar v Hussain [2012] EWCA Civ 1170 (17 July 2012)

Application for permission to appeal against order that the parties are beneficially entitled to an equal half share in the property which they occupied as an unmarried couple. Permission granted, but only in respect of issue of occupation rent.

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A v T [2011] EWHC B28 (Fam) (09 December 2011)

Application by father for return to Sweden of two children. Application refused, on the basis of the father's consent to the removal and/or retention to this country.

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A v A [2012] EWHC 4226 (Fam) (17 September 2012)

Judgment on the issue of reporting restrictions in financial remedy proceedings. Order made prohibiting disclosure of any information in respect of the proceedings, save for specified matters.

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Singh v Singh & anor [2012] EWHC 615 (Ch) (21 February 2012)

Case in which the claimant father claimed that there is a constructive trust affecting all property held in the name of his son the first defendant, arising from the Hindu Joint Family System and the principles of Mitakshara.

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