REUTERS | Darren Staples
REUTERS | Darren Staples

This is a public children law update blog to give readers a snapshot of the important cases, issues and developments from October to December 2017. Please feel free to submit a comment below or send us an Ask query if you have any views on the cases, issues, or legal developments that are covered or if you think we have missed something that should be brought to the attention of child care law practitioners.

In this post, we look at the following:

  • Vulnerable persons and children in proceedings.
  • Consent.
  • Procedure and drafting.

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REUTERS | Eric Gaillard

Our quarterly freedom of information law blogs focus on the latest developments in freedom of information law under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/3391) (EIR). The blog will enable readers advising on freedom of information law to catch up on the most important cases, issues or developments on the topic. This post looks at freedom of information law developments from July to September 2017. In this post, we look at:

  • Court of Appeal decisions.
  • Decisions of the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights).
  • Government publications.
  • Featured blogs.
  • Recent Ask queries.

Please feel free to submit a comment below or send us an Ask query if you have any views on the cases, issues or developments that are covered, or if you think we have missed something that should be brought to the attention of freedom of information practitioners.

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REUTERS | Dani Cardona

November and December’s case digest includes an EFTA Court decision contradicting the test developed by the Supreme Court in Nuclear Decommissioning Authority v Energy Solutions, which may be of interest due to the fact that an EEA-style option under the jurisdiction of the EFTA Court is a possible outcome of the UK’s Brexit negotiations, and two Advocate General opinions.

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REUTERS | Toby Melville

The defeat of the government on an amendment to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19 (EU Withdrawal Bill) in the Committee of the Whole House on 13 December 2017 has been portrayed by some as a violent derailment of the government’s plans for Brexit (see Legal update, Parliament amends the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19 to require terms of UK’s withdrawal from the EU to be approved by statute). Clearly, in political terms, a defeat on an amendment tabled by a former Conservative Minister and Law Officer joined by a long series of very senior names from all sides of the House, could be seen as a disaster. In politics, of course, some disasters cease to matter after a very short time; and other apparently minor disruptions can prove fatal to Bills and policies. What the political medium-term impact of the defeat will be remains anybody’s guess. But what is the technical legal impact of the change made by the amendment? Continue reading