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The balance of rights – anonymity in legal proceedings

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Jeremy Ford of Cambridge Family Law Practice represented the Litigation Friend on behalf of the child in a recent hearing before the President of the Family Division where the Telegraph Media Group Ltd, Associated Newspapers Limited, News Group Newspapers Limited and Reach sought to lift the anonymity order which protected the identity of the Claimant within the Judicial Review and Family Proceedings. The Media Group were successful in their application and the President decided that the anonymity order should be lifted in respect of the identity of the Claimant but not the child.  This important judgment delicately balances the competing…

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Five year-old ‘can receive blood transfusion’ Judge rules

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The critically-ill five year-old daughter of committed Jehovah’s Witnesses should receive a blood transfusion despite the religious objections of her parents, a Judge has ruled. Blood transfusions are forbidden by the evangelical Christian sect and members who willingly accept one for themselves or their children can be expelled. The girl is currently a patient at the Leeds Children’s Hospital and the local NHS Trust applied to the High Court for permission to intervene. Sitting in the Family Division of the High Court, Mr Justice Hayden noted the girl’s life was at risk without a transfusion. She suffers from sickle cell…

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Court documents served via Whatsapp ‘are valid’ concludes judge

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A wealthy divorcee has won the right to have a financial dispute with her former partner heard in English courts after serving him with papers via popular messaging app Whatsapp. Mr Justice Lavendar ruled that the unusual delivery method was legally valid and the case should therefore proceed in English courts. Mandy Gray is involved in a financial dispute with former partner Hamish Hurley. The Judge declared: “Ms Gray issued the claim form [documents initiating a financial claim] in the present action and obtained an order for alternative service [permission to use an unorthodox method of delivering the documents], pursuant…

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Marriage ceremonies to be reviewed

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The Law Commission has launched a review of regulations surrounding wedding ceremonies in England and Wales, some of which date back almost 200 years. The review, scheduled to run for two years, will focus on whether existing restrictions on where marriages can take place should be maintained or more choices made available. Currently, wedding ceremonies can only be held in: registry offices premises which have been specially approved for weddings – for example hotels churches operated by Church of England or its counterparts the Church in Wales and the Church of Ireland, as well as Presbyterian or Roman Catholic churches…

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