Case Law: Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing, Subject access requests: Court of Appeal bolsters right to disclosure of data – Ashley Hurst and Peter Barratt

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data-protectionOn 16 February 2017, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in one of its hotly anticipated forays into data protection law. The decision in Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing LLP ([2017] EWCA Civ 74) reverses a decision by the High Court that the law firm Taylor Wessing had not breached the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) by refusing to carry out searches on grounds of proportionality, legal privilege and improper purpose.

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Research Briefing: Supporting Sibling Relationships of Children in Permanent Fostering and Adoptive Families

National IRO Managers Partnership

Key findings

  • Sibling networks of looked-after and accommodated children can be large, diverse in age and spread over multiple households and care types (kinship, foster, residential care and adoption). This creates challenges in terms of supporting sibling relationships.
  • Three categories of biological sibling emerged from the analysis of case files: familiar, stranger and undocumented siblings. Seventy-six familiar siblings and 78 stranger siblings of the 50 children included in the study were identified. Numbers of undocumented siblings could not be estimated.
  • Children who were accommodated and subsequently placed permanently away from their birth parents experienced a high degree of estrangement from siblings. Fifty-eight percent of these children had biological siblings who were ‘stranger’ siblings and 68% of children were living apart from at least one of their ‘familiar’ biological…

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McKenzie Friends Could Be Integrated Into Family Courts Under New Guidelines

Researching Reform

A newly published report looking at ways to protect vulnerable witnesses in private family law proceedings suggests closer collaboration between judges and McKenzie friends could offer a solution to the current problems.

The document, which was prepared by Family Law researchers at the Ministry of Justice, outlines several ways to protect vulnerable witnesses likely to be cross examined directly in court by their alleged abusers:

  • Making public funding available to provide the vulnerable party with an advocate
  • Greater support from judges, including relaying questions to the vulnerable witness on the alleged abuser’s behalf
  • Creating an inquisitorial system where judges are fully trained to deal with the issues involved
  • Strengthening links between the judiciary, the courts, and external organisations like McKenzie Friends and the Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Producing a ‘Vulnerability’ assessment to best address the individual needs of each witness in a private family law case

The report also has some interesting…

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France’s Le Pen refused a police summons for questioning: her lawyer

Peace and Freedom


French far-right-leader Marine Le Pen refused to attend a summons for questioning by police last Wednesday over allegations that she made illegal EU payments to her staff, her lawyer said on Friday.

Le Pen, who heads the anti-immigrant and anti-European Union National Front and is a leading candidate in presidential elections in April and May, would comply with any summons after elections this year, the lawyer, Rodolphe Bosselut, told Reuters.

Le Pen’s chief of staff was put under formal investigation on Feb 22 after a day of questioning over the alleged misuse of EU funds to pay parliamentary assistants.

Her bodyguard was also questioned but was later released without being placed under investigation.

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WASHINGTON: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled his support for the federal government’s use of private prisons, rescinding a memo meant to phase out their use – @AceNewsServices

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#AceNewsReport – Feb.24: Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded a Sally Yates memo over closure of ‘ Private Prisons ‘ and confirms his support in keeping them open at present at least the Boston Herald reported on Thursday

US to continue use of privately run prisons Sessions issued a new memo Thursday replacing one issued last August by Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general at the time.

That memo told the Bureau of Prisons to begin reducing and ultimately end its use of privately run prisons.

She said the facilities were less well run than those managed by the Bureau of Prisons, and were less necessary given declines in the overall prison population.

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Keehan as mustard ? Costs order against Lord Chancellor


Just when you think you’ve seen it all regarding Human Rights damages claims tacked onto care proceedings and costs, Keehan J delivers this curveball.

Re H (A minor) v Northamptonshire CC 2017

And we’re now seeing two High Court Judges waving to each other from opposite sides of the Grand Canyon on this. On one side, Keehan J is doing everything possible to make sure that the parents get their damages un-gulped up by the Legal Aid Agency and the stat charge, and on the other, Cobb J is saying that Parliament set up the stat charge in this way and if they’d intended to make an exception for the stat charge applying on care proceedings so that all the damages got swallowed up, they’d have done that. And that damages aren’t always the answer anyhow.

(Keehan J is playing a Lord Denning type role here, in manipulating and…

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