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Local Authority duties to children and judicial review

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Date: Tuesday 15 September 2020
Time: 12pm-1pm
Venue: Zoom  
Areas of Law: Family Law

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Consideration of the duties imposed on local authorities in relation to a ‘child in need’ prior to the commencement of proceedings and the duties imposed on local authorities towards children who are looked after by them.  What are the consequences if those duties are not complied with, Judicial Review?


Hannah Rought-Brooks, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Year of call: 1999)
Hannah specialises in family law, with particular reference to public law and children. She regularly acts for parents, local authorities and guardians in complex public law proceedings and has experience in all areas of care, supervision, special guardianship and adoption. Hannah also has experience of cases that have transitioned from the Family Court to the Court of Protection.

James Holmes, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Year of call: 2011)
James's practice covers all aspects of children's law. He has a particular interest in public law proceedings including care, supervision and adoption. He regularly appears in the High Court and Family Court on behalf of parents, guardians and local authorities. He has also represented r16.4 Guardians in private law cases.

James has experience in dealing with cases involving sexual assaults on both adults and children; non-accidental injuries; fabricated induced illness cases; female genital mutilation; and serious allegations of domestic violence. In addition, he has been instructed in cases involving international abduction; the transfer of jurisdictions; permanent and temporary relocation; and recognition of orders from other jurisdictions.

He was recently instructed in a case involving removal from the jurisdiction where FGM is a risk. James also has experience in dealing with cases involving international abduction and threats of abduction.


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