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Family Law newsletter: 31 May 2016

Date:27 MAY 2016
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The Family Law newsletter provides you with all the latest news, judgments, articles and guidance to ensure you are up to date with the latest developments and their impact on practice.


New Master of the Rolls: Sir Terence Etherton
27 May 2016
The Queen has approved the appointment of The Rt Hon Sir Terence Etherton as the Master of the Rolls with effect from 3 October 2016.

First glimpse of the Red Book 2016
26 May 2016
If you can't wait to catch a glimpse of the brand new 2016 Red Book (The Family Court Practice), you can now take a quick look behind the scenes!

Independent review into Sharia Law launched
26 May 2016
An independent review into the application of Sharia Law in England and Wales has been launched by Home Secretary Theresa May today (26 May 2016).

CCMS funding applications when unable to meet client
25 May 2016
Providers unable to see clients in their office can now follow a new funding process in the Client and Cost Management System (CCMS).

Problems with Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards can only be resolved by reform of the law, says report
25 May 2016
The Law Commission has published an interim report proposing that the problems with the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) can be resolved only be wholesale replacement of the DoLS and reform of the law.


Disclosure and protocol: co-operation and care proceedings
David Burrows - @dbfamilylaw
31 May 3016
The story of the (authorised) police bug in the home of parents in care proceedings (see Cumbria County Council v M & Ors [2016] EWFC 27) to try to identify which parent had killed their child prompts thoughts of what the relationship is between family courts, police and local authorities when it comes to communication of information about child abuse.

Inter-country abduction of kids: panel to examine need for law
Anil Malhotra
25 May 2016
Inter-continental abduction of children by parents is now a contemporary legal issue which baffles and mesmerises different legal systems of nations, whose conflicting positions prevent the return of children to the country of their habitual residence.

A Day in the Life of ... Rebecca Carr-Hopkins (social worker/trainer)
Rebecca Carr-Hopkins - @_queenofhandbag
24 May 2016
I'm an independent social worker/trainer. I spend most of my time delivering training to practitioners and managers in numerous local authorities and other social care organisations on a wide range of topics, alongside delivery of specialist attachment training.


INHERITANCE: Randall v Randall [2016] EWCA Civ 494
Hearing Date: 10 May 2016
Master of the Rolls, Lord Justice McCombe and Lady Justice King
Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal allowed the husband’s appeal, finding that he had sufficient interest to challenge the validity of his mother-in-law’s will.

Kent County Council v M and K (Section 20: Declaration and Damages) [2016] EWFC 28
Hearing Date: 13 May 2016
Mrs Justice Theis
The Family Court
The court found that the child's Art 6 and 8, European Convention rights had been breached and awarded her £17,000 in damages.

COURT OF PROTECTION: Staffordshire County Council v SRK [2016] EWCOP 27
Hearing Date: 24 May 2016
Mr Justice Charles
Court of Protection

PUBLIC LAW CHILDREN: M v F (Covert Recording of Children) [2016] EWFC 29
Hearing Date: 16 May 2016
Mr Justice Peter Jackson
The Family Court

COSTS: The Director of Legal Aid Casework v IS [2016] EWCA Civ 464
Hearing Date: 20 May 2016
Lord Justice Law, Lord Justice Briggs and Lord Justice Burnett
Court of Appeal
Court of Appeal allows appeal from determination that Exceptional Case Funding Scheme under LASPO 2012 is unlawful.

Legislation & Guidance

Safeguarding women and girls at risk of FGM
25 May 2016
The Department of Health has issued new and updated guidance to support NHS organisations that are developing or reviewing safeguarding policies and procedures around female genital mutilation (FGM).

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