Cases

Northamptonshire County Council v AS and Ors (Rev 1) [2015] EWHC 199 (Fam)

Lianne Murphy represented a Mother in this landmark case. This was the first reported HRA damages claim, within care proceedings and was heard before Mr Justice Keehan. The local authority was ordered to pay damages of £17,000 to a child, the mother and the paternal grandparents under breaches of their Article 6 and Article 8 […]

B (A Child) [2014] EWCC B55 (Fam) 17 January 2014

Abigail Turner was involved in care proceedings involving allegations of shaken baby syndrome resulting in the Court confirming caution is to be taken when an unknown medical cause could be at play.

Re P (A Child) NCC v (1) LC (2) GA (3) P (A Child) (2015)

Grant Keyes appeared in proceedings where a placement order was made where a two-year-old boy’s needs could not be met by either of his parents who had abused drugs and exposed him to a chaotic lifestyle. It was held that long-term fostering did not have the same level of security.

NCC v L & Another (2014) EWHC 4828 (Fam)

Samantha Dunn represented the Local Authority in care proceedings where the child was Latvian. The Mother was represented by Hannah Mettam and the child was represented through their Guardian by Lianne Murphy. The Court determined that a two pronged approach to determining whether the English courts held sufficient jurisdiction to determine care proceedings was appropriate. […]

ED, Re [2015] EWFC B84 (29 May 2015)

Lucy Fairclough represented the local authority in care proceedings involving injuries sustained to a six-week-old baby including subdural haemorrhage and bilateral haemorrhages to the eyes in varying layers. Hannah Mettam represented the mother and Michelle Christie represented the father.

C (A Child: Fact Finding: Delay) [2014] EWFC B72 (21 November 2014)

Michelle Christie represented the local authority and Abigail Turner appeared on behalf of the father in proceedings concerning a child who had sustained a vertical skull fracture. The Judge found that the injury was caused by an unfortunate and tragic accident and determined that the section 31 threshold criteria was not made out. The Judge […]

T (A Child: Fact Finding) [2014] EWFC B115 (12 September 2014)

Samantha Dunn represented a father in care proceedings whereby the Local Authority were seeking to prove that the child had sustained a non accidental inflicted head injury resulting in bilateral subdural fluid collections over the child’s cerebral hemispheres. The most likely mechanism of causation suggested by the experts was shaking. The expert evidence was challenged […]

Re: S, A, JA & J (Children) [2015] EWFC B116

Laura O’Malley appeared on behalf of the third respondent father when Care and Placement Orders were made in respect of the two younger children, ‘JA’ and ‘J’ and a Child Arrangement Order and a 12 month Supervision Order was made in relation to one of their elder siblings ‘A’ in a case of long-standing chronic […]

Milton Keynes Council v A, B, X and Y (Muslim Children, Special Guardianship) [2014] EWFC B102 (14 May 2014)

Daniel Sheridan acted for the Children’s Guardian in care and adoption proceedings in the Family Court. These proceedings considered, inter alia, the need to look at special guardianship, as opposed to adoption, when care planning for children who, because of cultural or religious factors, could not be adopted.

In English law, an adoption order has the effect […]

OCC v B & T [2015] EWFC B73 (18 June 2013)

Daniel Sheridan acted for the Mother in care and adoption proceedings in the Family Court. The Mother was profoundly deaf. Prior to proceedings being instigated, professionals involved in working with the Mother had failed to conduct a proper assessment of the Mother’s communication needs.

So as to ensure that the Mother’s communication needs were met Dr […]

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