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Child maintenance responsibilities enforced in China with a Schedule 1 application

Case report: Confidential Some parents will do anything to try and avoid paying their share of child maintenance, even moving to the other side of the world.  But this does not mean that they are beyond the reach of English ...

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24.08.2020

FGM order confirms ‘a child’s welfare is paramount’ in Court of Appeal case where schoolgirl was at risk of deportation

Case report: [2020] EWCA Civ 731. Kate Hammond has helped secure the welfare of a Suffolk schoolgirl in a landmark case where the local authority’s petition for a female genital mutilation (FGM) protection order was disputed by the Home Office.  ...

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10.07.2020

Family court cannot interfere with decision of immigration tribunal in FGM case

Case report: [2020] EWHC 323 (Fam). One reason for seeking asylum in the UK might be to escape harmful practices, such as the risk of female genital mutilation (FGM).  But how does the law in regard to FGM interact with ...

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01.03.2020

Kate Hammond

FGM case raises question of interplay between family and immigration courts

Case report:  [2019] EWHC 2475 (Fam). Partner Kate Hammond, an expert in child care law, has been representing a child M in an application for a female genital mutilation (FGM) protection order made by the local authority prior to the ...

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01.10.2019

The (Ghanaian) family ties that bind

Case report: [2018] EWHC 3625 (Fam). When considering access to justice, it is important that each member of a family which is involved in legal proceedings has proper representation. Partner Kate Hammond recently acted pro bono for a Ghanaian couple ...

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12.02.2019

Amanda Dench, Family lawyer, Miles & Partners in London

Infant returned after injuries caused by vitamin D deficiency

Case update – RE: C (Children) [2016] EWFC B45 (4 February 2016) Care professionals are advised to proceed with caution when children present with metaphyseal fractures, particularly where there may be a risk of vitamin D deficiency. Amanda Dench, founding ...

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05.07.2016

Amanda Dench, Family lawyer, Miles & Partners in London

Spain contempt successfully defended by Amanda Dench

In the Matter of an application by Her Majesty’s Solicitor General for the committal to prison of Jennifer Marie Jones for alleged contempt of court [2013] EWHC 2579 (Fam) Amanda Dench successfully defended an application heard by the President of ...

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29.11.2014

Amanda Dench, Family lawyer, Miles & Partners in London

Return of child to Iran blocked

M (A Child) (Wardship) Amanda Dench successfully defended proceedings issued by an Iranian father for the return of a child to the UAE. The family had lived together in Dubai where the parents’ marriage had broken down. The father refused ...

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29.11.2014

Amanda Dench, Family lawyer, Miles & Partners in London

Reconcilation in Turkey

C (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 204 Amanda Dench represented a left-behind father in Turkey whose daughter had been brought to the UK by her mother without his consent. The mother initially agreed to a return, and then sought to ...

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29.11.2014