Lawson, Mottram and Hopton, Re (appointment of personal welfare deputies) [2019] EWCOP 22 (25 June 2019)

Hearing of three applications for permission to apply for the appointment of personal welfare deputies, with particular focus on the question as to whether such appointments should only be made "in the most difficult cases".

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SC v TC [2019] EWHC 1637 (Fam) (14 March 2019)

Appeal against order moving residence of child to father. The appeal was allowed, as the hearing was flawed due to there having been direct communication between the Judge and the solicitor at NYAS and others, without the knowledge of either parent.

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Z (care orders : designated local authority), Re [2019] EWFC B30 (11 June 2019)

Care proceedings concerning four children, in which the issue arose as to which local authority should be the designated local authority.

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C (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 900 (07 March 2018)

Appeal by local authority against decision as to designated local authority in care proceedings. Appeal allowed.

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XY, Re Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 [2019] EWHC 1610 (Fam) (21 June 2019)

Judgment confirming that in Inheritance Act proceedings the parties should comply with FPR PD27A in the preparation of bundles for hearings taking place in the High Court.

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Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v TG & Anor [2019] EWCOP 21 (14 February 2019)

Judgment considering issue of whether or not it was in the best interests that intubation should continue or should not continue to be provided to a patient suffering severe brain damage.

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AB v XY [2019] EWHC 1468 (Fam) (07 June 2019)

Appeal by husband against findings and orders made in domestic violence proceedings. Appeal allowed.

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SD v AFH (Appeal: Coercive and controlling behaviour: Inference or speculation) [2019] EWHC 1513 (Fam) (13 June 2019)

Application by father for permission to appeal against findings of coercive and controlling behaviour in private law proceedings. Permission refused.

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T (A child), Re [2019] EWHC 1572 (Fam) (12 June 2019)

Care proceedings in which the issue arose as to the registration of the child's birth, the father being fundamentally opposed to registration.

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NY (A Child : 1980 Hague Abduction Convention : Inherent Jurisdiction) [2019] EWCA Civ 1065 (18 June 2019)

Mother's appeal from order requiring the summary return of child to Israel. Appeal dismissed.

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Joukovski v Tigipko & Ors [2019] EWHC 1579 (Fam) (04 June 2019)

Hearing in application by father for order requiring the mother to return the children from Ukraine.

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M (Deprivation of Liberty in Scotland) [2019] EWHC 1510 (Fam) (17 June 2019)

Judgment concerning deprivation of liberty of 13 year old girl currently accommodated in a placement in Scotland.

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OCC v D & DJ [2019] EWFC B29 (21 March 2019)

Application by local authority to discharge care order made in relation to two children, and replaced with private law orders to enable them to remain living with their paternal aunt and uncle.

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OCC v CT [2019] EWFC B28 (15 February 2019)

Care proceedings concerning two children, in which the Guardian applied for there to be a psychiatric assessment of the mother.

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London Borough of Wandsworth v Lennard [2019] EWHC 1552 (Fam) (14 June 2019)

Application by local authority to commit defendant for alleged breach of order prohibiting him from harassing employees of the local authority.

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K (A Child), Re [2019] EWHC 1504 (Fam) (10 June 2019)

Application by mother for return of child from India to the jurisdiction of England and Wales, following the father intentionally stranding the child in India.

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BP v The London Borough of Harrow (Costs) [2019] EWCOP 20 (14 June 2019)

Decision in respect of costs within proceedings brought under Section 21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

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A Child (Threshold: Inflicted Injury and Domestic Abuse) [2019] EWHC 1511 (Fam) (21 May 2019)

Judgment in care proceedings principally dealing with issues relating to the responsibility for the causation of injuries to child, and to determine the extent to which the mother failed to protect him.

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B v A Local Authority [2019] EWCA Civ 913 (11 June 2019)

Appeal against order making various declarations as to the mental capacity of 31 year old woman with learning difficulties, epilepsy and considerable social care needs.

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NG v GA [2019] EWHC 1412 (Fam) (06 June 2019)

Application by mother for order requiring father to return child from Ghana. Return ordered.

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FW v FH [2019] EWHC 1338 (Fam) (24 May 2019)

Final hearing of W's claim for financial remedies, involving a dispute about how W should be able to access her share of H’s business interests, and how her share was valued.

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T (A Child) [2019 [2019] EWFC B26 (06 May 2019)

Application for placement order in relation to four year old child made subject to a care order in May 2016.

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Southend-On-Sea Borough Council v Meyers [2019] EWHC 399 (Fam) (20 February 2019)

Application by local authority for declarations that they had discharged their obligations regarding the accommodation of a 98 year old man, in circumstances where they were concerned that he was being prevented from receiving care services because of the conduct of his son, with whom he was living.

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A City Council v LS & Ors (Secure Accommodation Inherent Jurisdiction) [2019] EWHC 1384 (Fam) (04 June 2019)

Judgment dealing with issue of whether the High Court has power under inherent jurisdiction, upon the application of a local authority, to authorise the placement in secure accommodation of a 17 year old child who is not looked after by that local authority, whose parent objects to that course of action, but who is demonstrably at grave risk of serious, and possibly fatal harm.

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West Sussex County Council v B [2019] EWFC B25 (28 March 2019)

Application by local authority for permission to withdraw care proceedings in relation to four children.

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Charlie (adoption : contact order) [2019] EWFC B24 (14 February 2019)

Hearing of applications to adopt child subject to care order, and by father to discharge care order, or to make a contact order in the event that adoption order made.

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S (No. 3) (Care Proceedings) (Article 56: Placement in the Republic of Ireland), Re [2019] EWFC 36 (03 June 2019)

Care proceedings concerning an 18 month old child, which had been transferred from the Irish courts. Child placed with Irish foster carers, under a special guardianship order.

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OCI and others v Romania (Application no. 49450/17) (European Court of Human Rights, 21 May 2019)

Abduction – Return order – Art 13(b), Hague Convention – Finding that father had been violent towards the children – Return order granted – Application claiming breach of Arts 3 and 8 of the European Convention.

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CA v KA [2019] EWHC 1347 (Fam) (11 April 2019)

Judgment on application by father for the summary return to Germany of his daughter. Application dismissed, on the basis of acquiescence.

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O v B-M [2019] EWFC B23 (16 February 2019)

Application for a declaration of marital status, namely that the Applicant was married in a customary marriage ceremony in Ghana.

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AR v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs and LR (No.2) (Child support - calculation of income) [2019] UKUT 151 (AAC) (8 May 2019)

The father appealed with regard to the meaning of "latest available tax year", so far as it applied to HMRC's provision of his income to the CMS. The Secretary of State and the HMRC submitted that, as the father was a company director, he was required to file a self-assessment return (SAR), notwithstanding that PAYE information had been provided, and the HMRC could not provide a figure for a year for which a SAR had not yet been filed. Appeal dismissed.

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EA v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and SA (CS) (Child support - maintenance assessments/calculations) [2019] UKUT 149 (AAC) (30 April 2019)

Court-ordered contact arrangements had broken down, and so the father lost credit for shared care and the Child Maintenance Service increased the amount of his weekly payments. He appealed against this. AI Poole QC, Judge of the Upper Tribunal, understood the father's frustration but refused the appeal. To do otherwise in this situation would not be in the interests of the child.

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