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Surrogacy for single parents and your legal rights

Recently The Times reported on the story of David Watkins, one of the first men to become a single father by choice in the UK after the surrogacy laws were reformed in 2019. The change ended a restriction over providing ...

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Legal aid remuneration is unfair and deters lawyers from building a career, Westminster inquiry hears

Parliamentarians in the Westminster Commission into the Sustainability of Legal Aid heard evidence from family law practitioners on 19 November, including from Lorraine Green an associate solicitor at Miles and Partners who specialises in cases involving children, care proceedings, adoption ...

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Should child protection duties be relaxed for local authorities during Covid-19?

The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, also known as Statutory 445, will see various responsibilities relaxed in relation to children in care. This new legislation will remain in force until 25th September 2020, with a possibility of an ...

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Virtual justice through remote hearings

Can families receive justice with remote hearings in the Family Court?

The Remote Access Family Court has enabled large parts of the family justice system to continue to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic. Each day, justice is dispensed over the internet by judges sitting at computer screens often in their own ...

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Surrogacy in the UK: understanding the options

The number of children being born through a surrogacy arrangement has soared in recent years, with celebrity couples such as Elton John and David Furnish, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West hitting the headlines. Surrogacy arrangements, whether they are made ...

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Ritu Sood, Miles & Partners Solicitors, London

Miles & Partners support London Children’s Lawyers care proceedings event

Ritu Sood, an associate solicitor who specialises in the law relating to children and care proceedings helped to organise a training event for London Children’s Lawyers which was held at 7 Dials Club, Covent Garden Community Centre in London last night. The ...

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Giving children a voice in family courts

We always imagine that once a case has gone to court that, like it or not, there will ultimately be a decision which must be upheld. In fact, that’s not always true, proven by this long-running case in which there ...

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Who are the parents of a child born out of a surrogacy arrangement?

Surrogacy is once more in the news – this time highlighting the fact that large numbers of parents who have babies through surrogacy are not applying for the necessary legal orders to ensure they acquire the appropriate legal rights to ...

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Children and Families Act 2014 – what’s new?

This is a new Act of Parliament in force from 22 April 2014.  It makes several significant changes to the Children Act 1989 which is the law governing court cases about children.  This article refers to the changes in cases ...

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