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  • Appeal by father against decision to deny him direct contact with his son. Allowed in part, primarily as there were other avenues still to be explored that could have supported continuing contact. Judgment, 11/02/2019, free
  • In brief: There had been a violation of the father’s (“F”) Article 8 rights where the domestic authorities had delayed in enforcing F’s contact order. It had taken two years for F to see his child and the enforcement proceedings are still pending, further exacerbating the lack of contact between F and child in the face of a hostile mother. Judgment, 17/12/2018, free
  • Father was appealing against 2 decisions: an order that a fact-finding hearing should be listed to deal with alleged domestic abuse and a refusal by the judge to make an order for interim contact while awaiting the fact-finding hearing. The judge in this case provides helpful guidance as to what Practice Direction 12J does, and doesn't, mean. Appeal dismissed on both grounds, although the judge did endorse the father's dismay at the length of time that he will have to await the determination of these issues. Judgment, 10/12/2018, free
  • Father's application to appeal a section 91(14) order on the bases of bias and a failure by the judge to recuse herself was dismissed. Judgment, 30/11/2018, free
  • The father's applications in relation to contact with his daughters were dismissed and an extended civil restraint order was imposed on him. Judgment, 28/11/2018, free

Latest know-how

  • In a tweet: A non-parent without rights granted by a court or by someone with parental rights can use Article 21 of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 19801980 Hague Convention to gain rights of access Case note, 26/10/2018, members only
  • In a tweet: Court of Appeal rules that parents of sperm donor have the right to see biological grandson Case note, 11/04/2018, members only
  • In a tweet: CoA gives guidance on approach where case involves allegations of DV Case note, 11/04/2018, members only
  • In a tweet: CoA overturn Jackson J's indirect contact only between a transgender F and her five children from the Charedi community Case note, 19/01/2018, members only
  • In a tweet: Unsuccessful appeal against a living with order Case note, 19/01/2018, members only

Latest training

  • 10 questions on the various cases summarised in the July 2017 Family Law Hub Digest CPD course, 25/08/2017, members only
  • Recording of webinar broadcast live on 23 February 2017. Webcast, 02/03/2017, members only
  • 12 questions to accompany Charlotte Trace's lecture on s8 and 11 CA applications CPD course, 06/09/2016, members only
  • In this webcast, which was recorded on 1 September 2016, Charlotte Trace, barrister at 29 Bedford Row, takes us through how to make private law Children Act applications, principally applications under section 8 of the Act (namely for contact, residence, specific issue and prohibited steps orders) and applications under section 11 for contact activity directions and conditions, and for enforcement. Webcast, 02/09/2016, members only
  • Piers Pressdee QC of 29 Bedford Row reviews the major developments within the private children law field in the last year. He focusses on the case-law, identifying the key decisions and seeking to set that case-law within context. Webcast, 24/02/2016, members only

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