Children Public Law Update (May 2015)

John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent judgments of particular importance to all practitioners in public children law.

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Queen’s Speech 2015 – Thoughts from a family lawyer

The Queen’s Speech marked the first purely conservative legislative programme for almost 20 years in which Mr Cameron adopted a one nation approach: 'helping working people get on; supporting aspiration'. What possible consequences might this have on a family lawyer’s field of work?

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Divorce centres: the South East – Bury your marriage?

‘How will the new Bury St Edmunds Divorce Centre affect family law practice in the South East?’ That was the title of a question and answer session on the new divorce centre.

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The UNCRC in the Supreme Court – the impact of SG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Deirdre Fotttrell QC of 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers considers the Supreme Court's latest deliberations on when and how the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are directly enforceable in English law.

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Just how significant are parental intentions in determining a child’s habitual residence?

Most international child lawyers may have thought that the concept of habitual residence had been determined by a trio of children cases heard by the UK Supreme Court during the last 2 years.

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Finance & Divorce Update May 2015

Claire Molyneux, senior solicitor, and Rebecca Lang, solicitor, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from April 2015.

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Time for a Regulated Process for Surrogate Parents?

Natalie Gamble, solicitor, of Natalie Gamble Associates and Elizabeth Isaacs QC of St Ives Chambers consider the significance of H v S (Surrogacy Agreement) in which Ms Justice Russell awarded care of a surrogate child to a gay couple.

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The British general election 2015 and international family law

On 7 May 2015 the United Kingdom went to the polls to elect our next government. What might be some of the outcomes and future considerations for international family law from the perspective of England and Wales?

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High Court awards care of baby girl to same-sex couple

The High Court ruled this week that a same-sex couple should be awarded care of their baby daughter after a 15 month court battle.

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“Reattribution” after MAP v MFP or “For better, for worse”

Ella Calnan, barrister of Fourteen, considers the future prospects of claims for reattribution of expenditure in financial remedies cases.

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Separating out non-matrimonial property – JL v SL (No 2) [2014] EWHC 360 (Fam)

Mostyn J’s latest case provides a useful summary and clarification on the method to divide the assets on divorce to reflect any non-matrimonial property.

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View from the Foot of the Tower: Horse-trading and threshold concessions

This time it is about the negotiations on threshold criteria, something to which the term ‘horse-trading’ gets used almost as much as in political discussions about what might happen after an election that doesn't deliver a majority.

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Exceptional circumstances legal aid: the ‘fig leaf’ of a ‘system which is neither compassionate nor even humane’

In the last month, there have been stark warnings on the effects of family legal aid cuts from all corners: the senior judiciary, the parliamentary justice and human rights select committees, numerous charities, the bar council and law society, and even the UN committee on the rights of the child.

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The Court of Appeal and the Birth Family: Making Certain Justice is Seen to be Done

David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers two recent Court of Appeal judgments which had cause to consider the significance of a child's family ties.

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Set aside and appeals: a ‘procedural quagmire’

Family proceedings: material changes of circumstances.

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