'Revoking an adoption order: unusual and exceptional' published in Family Law Journal

Tuesday 3 December 2019

The article is written by Naomi Wiseman and Mai-Ling Savage of the Garden Court Family Team.

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The article is on the case of ZH v HS and others (Application to revoke adoption order) [2019] EWHC 2190 (Fam).

The case concerned a non-agency private adoption where a series of procedural errors and oversights led to an adoption order that was not lawfully made. The revocation of the adoption order, a rare and highly exceptional outcome, was accompanied by detailed guidance from Theis J who voiced her concerns that on a different set of facts, the welfare considerations of the child may have precluded a revocation of the adoption order in spite of such alarming procedural flaws.

Deirdre Fottrell QC of 1GC and Kathryn Cronin and Naomi Wiseman of Garden Court represented the applicant birth mother who had applied under the inherent jurisdiction for the adoption order to be revoked. 

Barbara Connolly QC of 7 BR and Mai-Ling Savage of Garden Court represented the child, who through her Guardian, also supported the revocation and a return to the care of the birth mother.

Maggie Jones of Garden Court represented the adoptive parents.

The full article is available here: Revoking an adoption order: unusual and exceptional

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