O (A Child) (Judgment: Adequacy of Reasons)  EWCA Civ 149. Appeared for a local authority. An appeal against findings that a father had anally raped his four-year-old daughter on successive occasions during contact sessions. Guidance given on the circumstances in which it is appropriate to ask for clarification of a judgment.
N (A Child) (No.3) (Content of Care Plan)  EWFC B58. Appeared for a local authority. The court considered the extent to which a children’s guardian can require additions to a final care plan.
LA v. MS and others  EWHC 3329 (Fam). Appeared for a local authority. An application for an interim care order where the mother was alleging that her nine-year-old child had tried to kill her, by poisoning her drinks and injecting her with toxins whilst she slept.
N (A Child) (No.2) (Psychological Assessment)  EWFC B83. Appeared for a local authority. The court considered the need for a psychological assessment of the ability of a grandmother to protect the child from the possible fabrication of illness by her mother.
R, S and T (Children)  EWFC B86. Appeared for a local authority. The court made findings in respect of a father filming the mother having sex with their learning-disabled son, an adult cousin sexually abusing the learning-disabled child and the father facilitating this.
N (A Child) (No.1) (Fact Finding: Induced Illness)  EWFC B83. Appeared for a local authority. Finding of fact hearing in respect of a mother presenting her young child over a long period as being seriously ill from an unknown cause. The mother had in fact been starving the child and administrating overdoses of laxatives. The child was near death when protective measures were taken.
LA v. X and others  EWHC XX (Fam). Led by Queen’s Counsel for the applicant in very serious public law children proceedings. Awaiting authorisation for publication of the details.
R, S and T (Children)  EWFC B103. Appeared for a local authority. The court made findings that a mother had vaginal and anal sex with her learning-disabled son, whilst her other children watched. The court also found that the father had raped his daughter on several occasions in the family home, and the mother assisting in facilitating the father’s sexual abuse of their daughter.
R, S and T (Children)  EWFC B102. Appeared for a local authority. A case involving extreme intergenerational incest and sexual abuse. The court considered the circumstances in which a local authority could be compelled to arrange an interview with a child – and witness to the abuse of their siblings – where the police had not done so.
LA v. X and others  EWHC 2437 (Fam). Led by Queen’s Counsel for a local authority. An application for a reporting restriction order to stop information arising in concurrent criminal proceedings, arising from the abduction of the children by the mother, being reported in the media.
LA v. X and others  EWHC 2307 (Fam). Led by Queen’s Counsel for a local authority. The determination of whether allegations of the abduction of the children by the mother, and her involvement in an arson attack on the home of the father, should be reallocated to a different Judge due to accusations of bias.
YZ v. LCC and others  EWHC 2262 (Fam). Appeared for a mother. An application for the discharge of a care order, following proceedings in which it was found that one of the children had been assaulted by their step-father.
B-R (Children) (2018) (Court of Appeal (Civil Division)). Acted for a local authority. An appeal against a decision that the threshold for an interim care order was not met in a case of chronic neglect – the Judge having applied the wrong section of the Children Act and refused to correct the mistake when told by counsel.
M (Children) (Admission of Expert Evidence)  EWCA Civ 607 and All ER (D) 39 (Apr). Appeared for a local authority, against Queen’s Counsel for the parents. The court dealt with an appeal against a finding that a mother had given her two children sedative drugs, in an attempt to ‘frame’ the father and support her case that he had sexually abused them.
A, B, C, D and E (Children: Placement Orders: Separating Siblings)  EWFC B11. Appeared for a grandmother. Persuaded the court to refuse to approve a care plan for four siblings to be placed for adoption separately, with no order for post placement contact, and compelled the local authority to change the care plan.
A, B, C, D and E (Children: Care Plans)  EWFC B56 and  All ER (D) 41 (Sep). Appeared for a grandmother. Argument around whether the court could make placement orders without a further assessment of the attachment between five siblings, in a case where the parents had attempted to abduct the children with the support of the grandmother.
H (Care Order: Designated Local Authority)  EWFC 39 and  1 FCR 389. Appeared for a local authority. Legal argument over which local authority should be designated under a care order for five Slovakian Roma children, living with their learning-disabled mother, with the court giving a precedent judgment on the interpretation of the rules on designation.
C (Children)  EWCA Civ 1634. Appeared for a mother. Appeal around the refusal of the court to grant placement orders, in a case where the mother had concealed her relationship with a man convicted of killing his young child.
R (on the application of H) v Kingston Upon Hull City Council and others  EWHC 388 (Admin) and  1 FLR 1094. Appeared for a mother in concurrent judicial review and care proceedings. The court considered the lawfulness of the local authority removing children from the care of their family without first bringing the case to court, giving a precedent judgment on circumstances in which this could take place and the use of judicial review generally in care proceedings.
R v Boyes  EWCA Crim 441. Led by Queen’s Counsel for the defence. An appeal against a conviction for dangerous driving which led to the victim being caused permanent disabling injuries.
A (Interim Contact: Observations on Parents)  EWHC 4273 (Fam). Appeared for the children. The court considered the risks involved in an application for contact by a father with a conviction for rape. See also  EW Misc 29 (CC). Later appealed in A (A Child)  EWCA Civ 543.
R v Cosgrove  EWCA Crim 764. Appeared for a serving soldier in a courts-martial appeal, against a sentence imposed for assaulting another solider with a glass and causing permanent scaring to his face. The sentence was reduced to allow the appellant to deploy to Afghanistan.
R v Johnson  EWCA Crim 2833. Appeared for the defence. An appeal against a life sentence six years after it was imposed for deliberately setting fire to a block of flats, based on an error in the psychiatric evidence considered by the sentencing court.
Robbie the Pict v Crown Prosecution Service  EWHC B10 (Admin). Appeared for the respondent. An application to state a case in the Administrative Court on the grounds that the regulations authorising the use of handheld speed cameras were unlawful.