Matthew Scott discusses the accusations made against former Tory MP Harvey Proctor and the actions of Exaro News in his latest article for the Telegraph. To read the artcile in full please click here.
Once a child is adopted this severs all legal ties with the birth family and establishes a new legal relationship with the adopters family. Often these adoptions are considered to be enabling the child to be a part of a forever family. However, the law allows for applications for revocation of the Adoption Order, but […]
Undertakings in financial remedy orders are commonplace but the recent case of Birch v Birch  EWCA Civ 833 explored the issue of the court’s jurisdiction to vary undertakings on application. The facts were fairly simple. The Wife obtained a transfer of the family home and gave undertakings to the court to use her best […]
The Court of Appeal handed down its judgement in the case of Ilott v Mitson  EWCA Civ 797 to much publicity in the media in July. What should practitioners make of it? Victoria Ellis discusses in her latest article for LawSkills. To view the article in full please click here.
The concept of maintenance lies at the heart of the Inheritance (Provision for Families and Dependants) Act 1975. For anyone other than a spouse, the standard of financial provision is that which is reasonably required for the Applicant’s maintenance. It is of course a concept which has its roots in matrimonial law and developments in […]
The finding of fact hearing that was the subject of a recent appeal in Re G (A Child)  EWCA Civ 834 puts into perspective what advocates (and indeed judges) may count as a “bad day at the office”. The facts are in many ways irrelevant, but to give a little context: this was a […]
The case arose from public law family proceedings relating to a family of four children, whose mother was unable to care for them due to mental illness. The Father cared for all four children prior to the proceedings, however, the local authority had concerns that he was unable to cope and applied for a full […]
The recent Court of Appeal case of Re B (a child) (2015) is a reminder of the difficultly in successfully appealing a well-reasoned interim order. In this case the appellant father appealed against an order that his six-year-old son (B) should return to live with the respondent mother pending an investigation into B’s allegations. B’s […]