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A London Borough v X and others (Wardship: Parental Responsibility; Deprivation of Liberty) [2019] EWHC B16 (Fam)

Date:8 JAN 2020
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(Family Division, Theis J, 12 December 2019)

Public law children – Wardship – Parental Responsibility – Deprivation of liberty

The Family Division held that wardship proceedings should continue, any restriction on the mother's parental responsibility should be made in those proceedings and the care provided for the child amounted to a deprivation of liberty.

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Neutral Citation Number:

Case No: ZE19C00172



Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Date: 12/12/2019


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A London Borough

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(by her Litigation Friend the Official Solicitor
1st Respondent

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2nd Respondent

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Z (By his children’s Guardian)
3rd Respondent

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Ms Elpha Lecointe (instructed by LA) for the Applicant
Mr Nicholas O’Brien (instructed by Hudgell and Partners on behalf of the Official Solicitor) for the 1st Respondent
Ms Martha Cover (instructed by Hanne and Co) for the 2nd Respondent
Ms Maud Davis (instructed by Freemans Solicitors) for the 3rd Respondent

Hearing date: 25th and 28th November 2019

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Approved Judgment

I direct that pursuant to CPR PD 39A para 6.1 no official shorthand note shall be taken of this Judgment and that copies of this version as handed down may be treated as authentic.



This judgment was delivered in private. The judge has given leave for this version of the judgment to be published. The anonymity of the children and members of their family must be strictly preserved. All persons, including representatives of the media, must ensure that this condition is strictly complied with. Failure to do so will be a contempt of court.


Judgment: A London Borough v X and others (Wardship_Parental Responsibility_Deprivation of Liberty) [2019] EWHC B16 (Fam)

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