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Court of Appeal of England and Wales hold that a non-consensual adoption can breach Article 8 rights of biological parents

This case is one of the most recent judgments to be handed down since the Supreme Court decision of Re B (A Child), which places greater emphasis on appeal and higher courts scrutinising decisions made in cases of non-consensual adoptions at first instance. The Court outlined its concerns that insufficient consideration is being afforded to the convention rights of the parties when decisions are being reached.

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Family Law

Court of Appeal of England and Wales allow a challenge to a decision refusing to allow contact between a father and his child

In this case, the appellant, M, is a father of 3 children. M has a criminal record. Although the offending was of some vintage, all but one of the convictions related to offences involving violence, including a conviction for grievous bodily harm with intent. Prior to the breakdown of his relationship with the children’s mother, they had witnessed M being verbally and physically aggressive towards their mother. As a result, she left the family home with the children and went to live in a refuge.

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Family Law

English High Court quashes decision of a Local Authority to build a luxury golf resort

This case has been referred to as a prime example of the importance of judicial review in holding public bodies to account.

The case related to a decision of a Council to provide planning permission for a luxury golf resort in Surrey. Planning was granted despite the recommendation of the local planning authority not to grant permission.

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Environment Rights & Planning Law

It is not a breach of right to private life for Police to take DNA samples from former criminals for the investigation of crime

The applicant had been convicted previously of serious offences. At the time of his arrest, prosecution and conviction, it was not established practice for police to obtain and store DNA samples of offenders. In light of his previous convictions, police asked the applicant to provide a DNA sample. This sample was to be compared to other DNA material held by police in an attempt to make progress in unsolved cases. The applicant refused to provide a sample.

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Criminal Law

Containment of pro-Palestinian demonstrators by Police was lawful

This case related to a pro-Palestinian demonstration that took place close to a seminar commemorating 60 years of British diplomatic relations with Israel. The Israeli Prime Minister was scheduled to be in attendance at the seminar.

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Criminal Law

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