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Re Al M (Fact-finding) [2019] EWHC 3415 (Fam)

Date:27 APR 2020
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(Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane P, 11 December 2019)

Fact-finding – Mother making allegations against father – Whether allegations were proved

The Family Division held that, looking at the fact-finding exercise as a whole, save for some limited exceptions, the mother had proved her case with respect to the factual allegations that she had made.

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Neutral Citation Number: [2019] EWHC 3415 (Fam)

Case No: FD19P00246, FD19P00380, FD19F05020, FD19F00064



Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL

Date: 11/12/2019

Before :

The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane

President of the Family Division


Re Al M


Lord Pannick QC, Alex Verdan QC, Sudhanshu Swaroop QC, Desmond Browne QC, Lewis Marks QC, Patrick Gibbs QC, Daniel Bentham and Adam Speker (instructed by Stewarts Law) for the Applicant Father
Charles Geekie QC, Tim Otty QC, Guglielmo Verdirame QC, Sharon Segal, Kate Parlett and Isabel Buchanan (instructed by Payne Hicks Beach) for the Respondent Mother

Deirdre Fottrell QC and Thomas Wilson (instructed by Cafcass Legal) for the second and third Respondent Children

Hearing dates: 11th, 12th, 13th and 15th 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.



The release of this judgment to nominated members of the UK press is subject to a four hour embargo ending at 4pm on 5 March 2020 pursuant to the Order of the President of the Family Division dated 5 March 2020. Publication of any part of this judgment before that time is prohibited by that Order.

After the judgment has been published at 4pm on 5 March 2020 it is important to stress that certain reporting restrictions will remain in force pursuant to the Reporting Restriction Orders made by the President of the Family Division dated 28 January 2020 and 3 February 2020. The Reporting Restriction Orders have been served on the media; copies are available from the Royal Courts of Justice Press Office.

Judgment: Re Al M (Factfinding) [2019] EWHC 3415 (Fam)