Public law children work representing local authorities, parents, children, intervenors and other parties such as grandparents. 

Notable Cases

H v H (Child Abuse: Access [1989] 1 FLR 212, CA

The Court of Appeal held that a finding of sexual abuse did not automatically lead to a no-contact order.

Lancashire County Council v B [2001] 1 FLR 583 (HL)

A landmark case on the interpretation of the attributability condition in s31 of the Children Act 1989

Lancashire County Council v D and E [2010] 2 FLR 196

A case concerning the proper approach to expert and other evidence in public law family cases

MH v Lancashire County Council [2010] EWCA Civ 1384

Re M (Placement Order) [2011] 1 FLR 1765

Re X (A Child) [2011] EWHC 3401 (Fam)

Lancashire County Council v SB, SH, WH, NB [2013] EWHC 653 (Fam)

A Local Authority v J & MM [2013] EWHC 1820 (Fam)

CM v Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council [2014] EWCA Civ 1479

Re E (Children – Fact Finding) 2015

Lancashire County Council v M & Others [2016] EWFC 9

Re L (A Child)(Need for a Fact Finding Hearing) [2016 EWFC 52]

Lancashire County Council v A, B & Z [2018] EWHC 1819 (Fam)

Re E, F and G (Children: Care Proceedings) 2019

Lancashire County Council v TP, CP, TM, SC, KH, JR and E, R, C, H and K (Children acting by their Children’s Guardian Ms D Kennedy)(Permission to Withdraw Care Proceedings) [2019] EWFC 30


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