Cheshire West: liberate social policy from the influence of human rights

Cheshire West

By Jon Holbrook Social policy towards those without capacity changed on 19 March 2014. It changed not as a result of a public discussion about the issue but because of a judgment given by the Supreme Court – Cheshire West [2014] UKSC 19. The change was not preceded by a Royal Commission, Green Paper, debate in […]

Pulling back the curtain of privacy in family and Court of Protection proceedings

family and court of protection guidelines

By Lucy Reed New guidance on transparency in proceedings has been published by the President of the Family Division and of the Court of Protection, Sir James Munby. The two sets of guidance entitled “Transparency in the Family Courts: Publication of Judgments” and “Transparency in the Court of Protection: Publication of Judgments” come into force […]

The right to her ill partner’s sperm – what are the issues in High Court “test case”?


By Charles Foster and Rebecca Carter A “test case” is reportedly being brought in the High Court in February 2014 to determine whether a woman has the right to “harvest” her seriously ill partner’s sperm. The legal action was brought to our attention by reports in the press yesterday, which included articles in the Independent, […]