(Family Division, Knowles J, 12 January 2021)
Public law children – Surrogacy – Care proceedings following issue with travel documents and discovery of father’s conviction for sexual assault – Positive assessments – No evidence of risk to child – Application to withdraw care proceedings
The local authority was granted permission to withdraw care proceedings.
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IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
 EWHC 589 (Fam)
Royal Courts of Justice
Tuesday, 12 January 2021
MRS JUSTICE GWYNNETH KNOWLES
Re Z (Care Proceedings: Surrogacy)
MS L. MCLYNN appeared on behalf of the Applicant local authority.
The First Respondent was neither present nor represented.
MR M. KINGERLEY QC appeared on behalf of the Second Respondent.
MR TAMBER appeared on behalf of the Third Respondent, by her Children’s Guardian.
MR A. POWELL appeared on behalf of the Fourth Respondent.
(via Microsoft Teams Conference)
(Transcript prepared without the aid of documentation)
Judgment: Re Z (Care Proceedings Surrogacy)  EWHC 589 (Fam)