New report claims Ofsted inspections harm children's services

A new report published today claims that Ofsted's approach to inspection is outdated.​

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Greater transparency needed in the Court of Protection, claims report

Researchers at the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University have published a report which recommends an overhaul in the way that the Court of Protection currently works with the media in England and Wales.

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‘DIY justice’ or vital reform – what do we know about legal aid?

Full Fact examines the claims and counter-claims about legal aid provision.

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Privy Council judgment on lump sum and beneficial interests to be handed down

Judgment in Bromfield v Bromfield due on 27th April.

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Top judge tells parents to be strict on teens

The country’s top family judge has urged parents to do more to ensure that fractious and rebellious teenagers do what they “ought” to be doing.

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Access to Justice in the Family Court – FLBA Briefing Paper

The FLBA has prepared a briefing paper on issues surrounding access to justice in the Family Court, to explain to candidates in the forthcoming election how changes to civil legal aid under LASPO are causing injustice to many children and their families.

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Deprivation of liberty: Commission eyes ‘simpler’ system to protect rights

Reforms will look to strike right balance by offering 'less cumbersome scheme' that retains effective safeguards.

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Doncaster sees four-fold decrease in children missing from care

The number of looked-after children that go missing from care in Doncaster has fallen nearly four-fold over the past year following the introduction of a dedicated support worker.

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Bishop 'hid funds in divorce case'

A bishop who used to be a banker has been criticised by a judge who concluded that he had hundreds of thousands of pounds in offshore accounts.

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New guidance on expert witnesses from Legal Aid Agency

The Legal Aid Agency have updated their guidance on the remuneration of expert witnesses , following changes in September last year.

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Consent order can be challenged by application to set aside or appeal

The President has declared that para 14.1 of PD30A, which provides that a consent order can be challenged only by an appeal, was made ultra vires.

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Family lawyer struck off for misleading client

An associate solicitor formerly with London firm Kingsley Napley has been struck off after four findings of dishonesty.

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Family lawyers slam failing new legal aid digital system

Jo Edwards, chair of family justice organisation Resolution, criticised the Legal Aid Agency’s controversial £35 million Client Cost and Management System as “nothing short of a national scandal” at the Resolution National Conference in Brighton today.

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Resolution launches national support network for junior family practitioners

Family law organisation Resolution today unveils its national YRes network for family solicitors, legal executives, paralegals, barristers and other professionals at the start of their career.

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BAAF responds to main parties’ election pledges for looked after children

Chief executive of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, Caroline Selkirk, has responded to the key general election manifesto pledges for looked after children from the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties.

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HMCTS publishes Q & A document for divorce processing changes

HM Courts and Tribunal Service has confirmed its plans for the handling of divorce work within the Family Court.

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Lack of representation ‘particularly unfair’ in emotive cases

A judge has stressed the importance of having lawyers in family court proceedings to prevent emotional self-represented litigants behaving in ways they might regret.

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Care applications in March 2015

In March 2015, Cafcass received a total of 1,066 care applications.  This figure represents a 16% increase compared to those received in March 2014.

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Cafcass private law demand

In March 2015, Cafcass received a total of 3,249 new private law cases.  This is a 10% decrease on March 2014 levels.

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Divorcee who won £10million settlement but says ex-husband cheated her out of millions more wins right to appeal her case at Supreme Court

A divorcee who claims her ex-husband cheated her out of a multi-million-pound fortune has won the right to reopen their divorce battle in the Supreme Court.

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Top female judge calls for no-blame divorces so one person does not need to be at fault in order for one to be granted

Divorce laws in England and Wales should remove the need for allegations of adultery and blame, Britain’s most senior female judge has said.

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New Practice Directions for Court of Protection come into force

New Practice Directions, and amendments to the Practice Directions, supplementing the Court of Protection Rules 2007 have come into force this week (6 April).

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Judge sets out approach to cases where risk of children travelling to ISIS countries

A judge has set out a number of core principles relevant to cases where it is proposed to make young people at risk of travelling to ISIS countries, and particularly Syria, wards of the High Court and remove their passports.

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Family court gives guardianship of black child to white foster carer

Child’s French-speaking family wanted him to live with his great-aunt – but judge decides in favour of woman who has helped him thrive.

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Women should not sign post-nups, tycoon's former wife warns

Wives should not give in to pressure and sign post-nup agreements, woman who was fraction of her husband's £38m fortune.

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Widow of property investor Jack Dellal wins round of legal battle over estate

High court is told Ruanne Dellal inherited £15.4m but her husband, who died in 2012, must have given away some of his fortune without her knowledge.

Full story: The Guardian