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  • In brief: Here the father (“F”) was a litigant in person (legal aid having been refused). The mother (“M”) alleged that he had deliberately stranded her in Pakistan, separating her from her children and had subjected her to coercive, controlling behaviour as well as physical and verbal abuse. At the fact-finding hearing in wardship proceedings, the judge directed the children’s guardian, who was legally represented, to cross-examine both parents in order to prevent F from cross-examining M. 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
  • In a tweet: Damages and injunctions in deceit, harassment and privacy breach claims Judgment, 11/04/2018, free
  • Comments on 74 orders covering children and other non-financial matters required by 18th April. News, 13/03/2018, 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

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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
  • In this webcast, which was first presented on 16 July 2015, Anton Eriera from 29 Bedford Row talks about domestic violence cases and the most recent developments in this area of law. Webcast, 31/07/2015, members only

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