Stalking has been in the news recently due to Lily Allen’s seven-year long ordeal and this week is also National Stalking Awareness Week. Recent figures suggest that as many as 700,000 women in England and Wales are stalked each year, but the figures could be far higher. Stalking can take many forms and behaviours, including,…

The United Kingdom Supreme Court today handed down judgment in In the matter of N (Children) [2016] UKSC 15. Goodman Ray acted for Family Rights Group, who were given permission to intervene by the UK Supreme Court and intervened by way of written submissions. The Supreme Court described Family Rights Group’s intervention (at paragraphs 2…

Jemma Dally represented the child in this important judgment dealing with parentage when treatment is started under the HFEA 1990 and then completed under the HFEA 2008. The President of the Family Division has confirmed that legal parenthood can be declared where consent and counselling are given under the old regime as long as the…

To any parent the thought that they could be stripped of their parenthood is simply unimaginable. Knowing who your parents are is a matter of fundamental importance to every child. In February 2014 the HFEA requested that all licensed fertility clinics undertake an audit of the records of couples who were not married or in…

Peggy Ray and Janet Broadley represented Rocco Ritchie in the recent proceedings involving him being heard at the High Court. Two judgments were handed down in this case; the first being Madonna’s application under the 1980 Hague Convention for the summary return of Rocco, now 15 years old, to the USA. The first judgment reviewed…

Jemma Dally represented the applicant parent in the case of In the Matter of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Case G) [2016] EWHC 729 (Fam) (6 April 2016). This was a further case where the President made a declaration of parentage in circumstances where a fertility clinic had made administrative errors in the…

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