Ruth Cabeza acted in this surrogacy case which raised an important point of law as to the jurisdiction to make a parental order under section 54 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act where the application is made by a surviving intended parent on behalf of both intended parents. The issue had not been tested in any previous cases.
Application by a father for a declaration of non-paternity and latterly, for a declaration that BT, the putative father, was the father of AS and BS pursuant to section s 55A of the Family Law Act 1986.
Parents’ application for leave to oppose adoption refused. The court considered that previous decisions relating to the family were highly relevant to the decision.
Application by P’s daughter for declaration following care home moratorium on family visits in the light of COVID-19. Moratorium upheld despite human rights implications.
While it may be a daunting prospect to ensure family justice in the time of a global pandemic, directions hearings in private children and domestic abuse cases seem well-suited to remote hearings.
The law and practice related to costs and funding in family proceedings continue to develop rapidly. Family lawyers may be unaware and surprised at some of the significant changes.
Bloomsbury Professional has published the 2nd edition of Francis Wilkinson and Dr Sara Hunton’s ‘Costs in Family Proceedings’. Francis and Sara have fully updated their 2015 guide to the law, precedents and practice of costs and funding in all family proceedings. The only book of its kind available…
A Court of Appeal judgment by Moylan LJ setting aside a High Court decision made under the inherent jurisdiction, which had ordered the return to Russia of two children.
A father unsuccessfully appealed a determination of fact made in private law children proceedings that he had perpetrated a rape upon the mother.
An appeal by a great-aunt against care and placement orders made in May 2019 concerning a two year old boy. Appeal allowed.