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  • In brief: The ECtHR found that the father (“F”) had been able to present his case fully to the domestic courts and that the courts’ reasons for their decision not to order that his child live with him had been relevant and sufficient. In particular, it was not convinced by F’s argument that the judge in his case had believed that small children should always be raised by their mothers. It did not find any violations of his rights under the Convention. Judgment, 15/05/2018, free
  • The Supreme Court of Cassation, Bulgaria, requested a preliminary ruling from the ECJ regarding whether "rights of access" in Article 1(2)(a) and Article 2(10) of Brussels II Revised (BIIR) include the rights of access of grandparents to their grandchildren. Although the ultimate decision is still awaited, Advocate General Szpunar has recommended that the ECJ should rule that rights of access under BIIR extend to individuals other than parents, if those individuals have family ties to the child based on law or fact (in this case a grandmother). His opinion emphasises that the best interests of the child is the primary principle underpinning BIIR and should guide analysis of its interpretation. Judgment, 15/05/2018, free
  • In brief: A mother’s (“M”) unsuccessful appeal against a decision transferring the residence of the six-year old child to the father (“F”) as a result of M not supporting contact between F and C. Judgment, 28/03/2018, free
  • In brief: An interim hearing in a case involving a father’s (“F”) application to resume contact with his two children, where domestic abuse formed the backdrop. An emphasis was put on the court’s need not to prematurely stop contact but to investigate the ways in which the family could be supported. Judgment, 09/03/2018, free
  • Appeal by the same sex parents of the child against a child arrangements order which provided for the sperm donor's parents to have contact with the child. Appeal dismissed. Judgment, 01/03/2018, free

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  • 10 questions on the various cases summarised in the July 2017 Family Law Hub Digest CPD course, 25/08/2017, 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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