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Supporting a teenager through local authority care proceedings

Gemma Hodder supported a teenage girl over two years while the local authority pursued care proceedings for our client and a younger child. The young person had been living with her older sister, since her mother had died and her ...

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Brothers kept together with support under Care Order

Case report: Confidential children’s care proceedings. Lorraine Green represented two brothers in relation to care proceedings brought by the local authority, following concerns about their parent’s capacity to protect them in light of drug and alcohol misuse, domestic abuse and ...

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Care order application dismissed after threshold not crossed in alleged non-accidental injury case

Case report: [2021] EWFC B36. A local authority’s application for a care order in respect of two children, issued after the discovery of an alleged non-accidental injury following their sibling’s death, was dismissed and the family was applauded for their ...

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Lou Crisfield, Miles & Partners Solicitors, London

Housing secured after DWP error on Universal Credit

Lawyers from our housing team recently helped a victim of domestic violence to keep her home, after an error by DWP created a threat of eviction. Our client had been a victim of persistent and long-term domestic violence from her ...

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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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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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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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Dee Aktar, Miles & Partners Solicitors, London

London lawyers defend mother accused of female genital mutilation (FGM)

In one of the first cases in the London family courts since new laws were introduced to increase the protection afforded to potential victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), Dee Aktar, associate solicitor in the family law team at Miles & Partners ...

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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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