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Location Location Location: Marriage Venues   The Commons Library briefing paper on marriage venues was published on Tuesday 6 July 2021 and it sets out where couples may marry in England and Wales. The paper covers where marriages, civil marriages and religious marriages, can take place in England and Wales. In brief, it also covers…

A Quick Guide to Care Proceedings Care proceedings are court proceedings issues by the local authority (also known as ‘social services’) where an application is made for a care order or supervision order. A care order gives the local authority parental responsibility which they will share with the current parental responsibility holders, the most common…

Legal Aid and trapped capital R (oao GR) v Director of Legal Aid Casework [2020] EWHC 3140 (Admin)   Context   Legal aid is a welfare provision offered by the Government to enable those who do not have the means to access legal representation. Between 2019 – 2020, the UK Government spent approximately £1.7 billion…

M (A Child) [2021] EWCA Civ 437 This is a case in which Peggy Ray represented the child (M), through her children’s guardian (though not in the original care proceedings). The case concerned an application by a freelance journalist, Melanie Newman, to appeal the order of Roberts J dated 28 October 2020 when the  Judge…

  Conduct and Contribution – Goodman Ray represents husband in Court of Appeal financial relief case Izzy Jaques of our matrimonial and finance team represented the husband in respect of his financial remedy case. The husband has successfully opposed the recent appeal brought by the wife in the Court of Appeal, in a case which…

Successful appeal helps clarify what amounts to notice to end an adoption placement Jemma Dally of Goodman Ray represented the prospective adopters who succeeded in their appeal in the recently reported Court of Appeal case of Prospective Adopters v Sheffield City Council [2020] EWCA Civ 1591. The Times law report for the case can be found here. The prospective…

What is a child arrangement order? Child arrangements orders are made by the court pursuant to section 8 of the Children Act 1989 and are orders that can direct with whom a child is to live with or spend time with. There are also further orders the court can make under section 8 to decide…

Public Law – Understanding the Local Authority and Children When a local authority is concerned about the parenting a child is receiving, and these concerns are sufficiently high, they can issue court proceedings in respect of the child.   When a local authority is involved with a family legally this is called public law. This allows…

The national emergency as a result of Covid-19 has been unprecedented. Consequently, for parents it has been difficult to manage and maintain child arrangements due to the significant lockdown restrictions. When the Government issued advice that movement between houses was prohibited, parents of children who split their time between two different households were obviously concerned….

Local authorities have a statutory duty to protect children living in their area. However, understanding the different processes and how these interact with one another can be complicated. Set out below is an explanation of some of the common processes that parents may find themselves involved in if the local authority have safeguarding concerns in…



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