MIAMs down 14% compared to same period in 2015

The latest legal aid statistics published today (30 June 2016) show that the number of mediation assessments are down 14% compared to the same period in 2015.

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Nigel Shepherd comments on latest Family Court statistics

Statement by Resolution Chair Nigel Shepherd on today’s family court statistics.

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Resolution responds to latest legal aid statistics

Statement by Nigel Shepherd, Chair of Resolution, in response to publication of latest legal aid statistics.

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British woman, 60, who wants to use dead daughter's eggs to give birth to her own grandchild in world first wins legal appeal

A woman who wants to use her dead daughter's frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild has won a Court of Appeal battle.

Full story: The Telegraph

Pop-up family court hearing could take place in the pub, says top family judge

Pop-up family court hearings could take place in the pub and even online in the future, Britain’s most senior family law judge has suggested.

Full story: Daily Mail

Divorce settlements open to challenge as lawyers 'unaware of stamp duty change'

Thousands of divorce settlements could be left open to appeal because the Government’s new stamp duty surcharge is leaving estranged partners unable to buy their own home following a split.

Full story: The Telegraph

Councils failing to protect at-risk children, says Ofsted

More than a quarter judged ‘inadequate’ by social care report, and child protection system has too much mediocre provision.

Full story: The Guardian

Courts 'costs rule' sets precedent for family disputes over Wills

The High Court has handed down a costs judgement for in excess of £65,000 in the case Elliott v Simmonds [2016] EWHC 962 (Ch), setting a precedent that the courts will make costs orders against claimants who pursue weak Will challenges, act obstructively, cause delay and increase costs without incurring costs themselves.

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A B and C (UK surrogacy expences) [2016] EWFC 33 (10 June 2016)

Applications for parental orders in respect of three children, who were all born as the result of surrogacy agreements entered into by the applicants with three surrogate mothers.

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DM v KM [2016] EWHC 1282 (Fam) (20 May 2016)

Application by father for summary return of two children to the USA. Return refused.

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Z (surrogacy agreements : Child arrangment orders) [2016] EWFC 34 (30 June 2016)

Application for a child arrangements order in respect of a child born as a result of a surrogacy arrangement.

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M, R (on the application of) v Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority [2016] EWCA Civ 611 (30 June 2016)

Appeal by parents against refusal to set aside decision of HFEA to allow late daughter's eggs to be exported for the purpose of fertilisation and implanting in the mother. appeal allowed.

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M, Re [2016] EWHC 1572 (Fam) (30 June 2016)

Application by partner of mother of child born as a result of IVF treatment for a declaration that he is the child's legal parent, following administrative failure by clinic providing treatment.

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Do MIAMs work?

Are pre-court mediation intake assessment meetings increasing the number of cases we actually mediate or are they a pointless pre-court procedure? asks Mary Banham-Hall.

Full article: Law Society Gazette

Surrogacy update – June 2016

Andrew Powell, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, reviews recent important judgments concerning surrogacy law.

Full article: Family Law Week

Shaking up the cost rules

Should the 'no order' principle be changed in financial remedy cases, wonders Marilyn Stowe.

Full article: Solicitors Journal
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Ellie Butler – drawing together some strands and discussion

Several family lawyers have been discussing this case on Twitter, and it was suggested to us that it might be helpful to draw together a document with some important questions and our answers.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Court can EXTEND a Supervision Order after the original has run out

A Local Authority v D and Others 2016.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Application to dismiss a Guardian for bias

QS v RS & Another 2016.

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“Neglected children can stay with travellers in the spirit of diversity” [mis] reports the Daily Mail

Today’s Daily Mail article suggesting Mr Justice Mostyn has left neglected traveller children in danger at home, in the face of social workers seeking their removal – just to be tolerant towards different communities.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Ellie Butler murder – some of the things the press haven’t told you

This is not intended to be an overview of what happened, what went wrong or what I think about the Ellie Butler murder. This is just me sharing some information that the media have neglected, for whatever reason, to foreground or include in their narrative of this case.

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