Further guidance on this issue has been provided in the recent case of Re (1) M (2) N (Twins: Relinquished Babies: Parentage)  EWFC 31. The case concerned two six month old twins who had been relinquished for adoption by their mother…
How long can a Local Authority wait before issuing care proceedings for removal of a new-born baby? No more than 5 days, according to Keehan J in Nottingham City Council v LW & others  All ER (D) 59 (Mar);  EWHC…
Esther Maclachlan represented a mother in care proceedings which resulted in the local authority’s application for a placement order being dismissed and the court ordering that the child be returned to the mother’s care.
The case concerned what constituted a ‘change of circumstances’ for the purposes of s47 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. When placement orders were made, the children were aged 5 and 7. The local authority’s care plan had been to attempt…
Tara’s longest running family case (24 months) ended this week with two of the four children being returned to their mother’s care and the youngest two being placed with a maternal aunt under Special Guardianship Orders. Tara was instructed by the local…
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