James Cleary has appeared for a local authority in RL v. Nottinghamshire County Council & Anor [2022] EWFC 13. The mother had applied to reopen findings that she was the possible perpetrator of a rib fracture and bruising to her baby daughter.

The application was made six years after the findings had been made. Mr. Justice Mostyn considered whether the general rules on ‘issue estoppel’ applied in children proceedings. The Judge noted ‘Mr. Cleary’s extremely well-written skeleton for the LA’.