David Burrows

David Burrows

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Bloomsbury Family Law Briefing: July Teaser

Case Summaries Re SX (A Child) [2020] EWHC 1573 (Fam) (1 June 2020), Lieven J – Care proceedings concerning a four year old child (now in foster care) following the unexplained death of his sister... Read more

Evidence to prove a family case

Counsel’s opinion as ‘evidence’ How often has an advocate at a final hearing had to remind the court and his or her opponent that what is in a document is not evidence, unless the document is proved... Read more

Covid-19 adjournments of children proceedings

Party’s advocate not able (because of covid-19) to complete a part heard case In Re C (Children: Covid-19: Representation) [2020] EWCA Civ 734 (10 June 2020) the Court of Appeal considered a mother’s... Read more

Local authority’s failure to focus on the needs of a child

PA Media Group v London Borough of Haringey & ors [2020] EWHC 1282 (Fam) (20 May 2020), Hayden J was the culmination of a series of hearings in relation to the care of two boys; and as the extent to... Read more

Bloomsbury Family Law Briefing: June Teaser

Case Summaries  R (W a child by litigation friend J) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC 1299 (Admin) (21 May 2020) the QB Div Ct – A mother (J) agreed to ‘no recourse to public... Read more

Wishes of a Gillick-competent child

Wishes and feelings of a mature child In AS v CPW [2020] EWHC 1238 (Fam) (18 May 2020), Mostyn J reviewed the modern law on wishes and feelings of a child of age and understanding (and see Children’s... Read more

Destitution for child and mother: actual or imminent?

How destitute a child? At more less the same time that the British Prime Minister Mr Johnson was agreeing, under political pressure, that the Home Department should not press ahead with its plans to... Read more

Issues for trail: to agree what you can’t agree

Definition of issues One of the difficulties with family proceedings is that most of the statements of case or pleadings (as they used to be called) – where there are any such documents at all – must... Read more

Control of court evidence

Evidence which could be given orally Waksman J started his short published case management judgment in PCP Capital Partners LLP & Anor v Barclays Bank Plc [2020] EWHC 646 (Comm) (12 March 2020) as... Read more

Bloomsbury Family Law Briefing: May Teaser

Of these seven cases noted here, the last two raise issues which arise directly from Covid-19 remote hearings. The article deals more fully with fairness and cases effect by the consequences of... Read more

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