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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 Scotland....
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 example...
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 on...
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 refused to...
We stand firm stand with in the fight against racism.  On Sunday 4th July, England’s football team played in the Euros 2021 final.  The football was beautiful, and the players were amazing.  They brought us  joy and the hope of winning over the last few weeks.  To get to a final after 54 years...
The government has today announced that it is investing £1m in family mediation, to support families to resolve issues relating to children. Under the scheme, the Ministry of Justice will provide contributions of up to £500 per family, to resolve issues relating to children following parental separation. Mediation will be...
Case Comment and Update: R (Quincy) Bell v The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust [2020] EWHC 3274 (Admin) Context Gender dysphoria (GD) is defined by the NHS as a condition in which a person may have a ‘sense of unease because of a mismatch between their biological sex and...
Domestic Violence: the need for community-based support It is not surprising that recent figures produced within the Domestic Violence Report 2021: The Annual Audit by Women’s Aid*, highlighted a drastic number of survivors of domestic abuse who are unable to access refuges. It was reported that 57.2% of all referrals...
It is not surprising that recent figures produced within the Domestic Violence Report 2021: The Annual Audit by Women’s Aid*, highlighted a drastic number of survivors of domestic abuse who are unable to access refuges. It was reported that 57.2% of all referrals received to refuge services using On Track**...
Finding yourself in a situation where you need to take legal advice when relationships in your family have broken down can be a daunting reality – where do you start and just how much is this going to set you back?  If you have found yourself asking these questions, we...