Woman’s heart stops at sister’s wedding

October 13, 2017 0 comments

family law

A wedding is supposed to be all about you and the person you are marrying. You two are the centre of attention and any attempt to hog the limelight is surely a selfish thing to do, right? Not necessarily. One 34 year-old woman quickly became the most talked about person at her sister’s wedding when…

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Lady Hale takes office

October 3, 2017 0 comments

family law

Lady Hale was formally sworn in as the new President of the Supreme Court yesterday. Sir Ian Burnett became the youngest Lord Chief Justice for 50 years during the same event, replacing the newly retired Lord Thomas. Lady Hale succeeds Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, with whom she had served as Deputy President for four years….

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‘Teenager is danger to himself’ says Judge

September 4, 2017 1 comment

deprivation of liberty

A 14 year-old boy must be confined with secure accommodation for his own good, the High court has ruled. The boy in question, ‘F’, has been in care since June this year, in the London Borough of Southwark. He had been the subject of investigations by social workers and was assessed by an experienced child…

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No space available for ‘dangerous’ teen

August 25, 2017 1 comment

family life

There is no accommodation available for a teenager described as “troubled and dangerous”, a Judge has been told. In a High Court hearing, High Court Judge Mr Justice Hayden said the case posed “a dilemma you would not expect to see in a mature society in 2017”. ‘F’, who is just 14, was placed in…

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Dutch man illegally fathers 102 children

August 25, 2017 2 comments

family law

A man in the Netherlands may have illegally fathered as many as 102 children by donating sperm to multiple clinics. Men who wish to be donors in the country must sign a contract with their clinic of choice in which they promise they will not donate to other fertility centres. However this declaration is rarely…

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Senior judge worried for welfare of suicidal teen

August 4, 2017 3 comments

family life

The life of a suicidal teenage girl will be put seriously at risk if no hospital bed can be found for her within days, Britain’s most senior family law judge has claimed. In a hard-hitting ruling, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, said we would have “blood on our hands” if the situation…

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Woman sues ex-boyfriend for fraud

July 11, 2017 1 comment

family life

A woman from Wimbledon in South London has sued her former boyfriend for no less than £1.1 million, claiming he deceived her out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. He told her he was a multi-millionaire she insists, adding however, that his fortune had been tied up by an ongoing divorce dispute. His wealth included,…

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Stalking victims ‘let down’ by the Police and CPS

July 6, 2017 1 comment

family life

Victims of stalking and harassment are frequently failed by the Police and Crown Prosecution Service thanks to poor reporting, regional inconsistencies and a general failure to grasp the true nature of the issue. That was the conclusion of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in a newly published joint report with the Crown Prosecution Service…

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Former actor appointed shadow childcare minister

July 5, 2017 1 comment

family law

The Labour Party has appointed a former Coronation Street actress to the role of shadow childcare minister. Tracey Brabin appeared on the iconic TV soap between 1994 and 1997 and went on to enjoy a successful career as a TV, film and theatre actress. She also became a scriptwriter for several other TV soaps. In…

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Reading Council ‘not improving quickly enough’

July 3, 2017 1 comment

child protection

The Children’s Services Department of Reading Council has not improved adequately since failing an inspection last year Ofsted has declared. In August 2016 inspectors gave the Berkshire authority an ‘inadequate’ rating, saying they too frequently left vulnerable children in situations of “unknown and acute risk”. Ofsted remained concerned after a follow up visit to the…

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