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  • In brief: The High Court allowed a mother’s (“M”) appeal against a suspended committal order made following her failure to comply with a child arrangements order. The success was based on the fact that no application to commit M had been made; the only application made and served had been for an enforcement order. The order was incapable of being enforced by committal as it was not endorsed with an effective penal notice. Judgment, 06/08/2018, free
  • The father's appeal against orders which were made after a hearing in which he was not permitted to cross-examine the mother was allowed. The judge helpfully, at paragraph 34, lists 11 points which could be used to deal with such cases (but was careful not to describe them as 'guidance') including a "Ground Rules Hearing" (GRH) once it becomes clear to the court that it is required to hear a case "put" to a key factual witness where the allegations are serious and intimate and where the witnesses are themselves the accused and accuser. Judgment, 30/07/2018, free
  • The court ruled that a reciprocal contact order should be registered in Uganda, where the children were going to be relocated with the mother with the consent of the father, but that the order was not required before the children left. Judgment, 26/07/2018, free
  • Application, among others, to make two children, born under a surrogacy agreement, wards of court in circumstances where no parental order had been made transferring parental responsibility from the surrogate parents and child arrangements needed to be settled after the mother with care remarried. Judgment, 26/06/2018, free
  • Plans set out in speech to Families Need Father's Conference News, 26/06/2018, free

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  • Roshi Amiraftabi of 29 Bedford Row, reviews the key private children law cases, themes and practice developments from the past 12 months. Webcast, 31/05/2018, members only
  • Recording of webinar broadcast live on 23 February 2017. Webcast, 02/03/2017, members only
  • 12 questions to accompany Charlotte Trace's lecture on s8 and 11 CA applications CPD course, 06/09/2016, members only
  • In this webcast, which was recorded on 1 September 2016, Charlotte Trace, barrister at 29 Bedford Row, takes us through how to make private law Children Act applications, principally applications under section 8 of the Act (namely for contact, residence, specific issue and prohibited steps orders) and applications under section 11 for contact activity directions and conditions, and for enforcement. Webcast, 02/09/2016, members only
  • Piers Pressdee QC of 29 Bedford Row reviews the major developments within the private children law field in the last year. He focusses on the case-law, identifying the key decisions and seeking to set that case-law within context. Webcast, 24/02/2016, members only

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