Gloucestershire County Council v M & C (Rev 1) [2015] EWFC B147 / [2016] EWFC B4


Area of law:

9 February 2016

Lucy acted for vulnerable mother in on-going care proceedings, commenced a year after removal of her child under s20. Case involves Human Rights Act damages claim arising from delay in issue and alleged unlawful retention of child following withdrawal of consent to accommodation.

In the first judgment, the Local Authority was subject to significant criticism when the final hearing had to be adjourned due to incomplete assessments. The second judgment deals with the final decisions that were made for the child following completion of assessments.