Strategy meetings

An important judgement which marks another welcome step in the right direction, as the pendulum continues to swing away from courts blindly rubber-stamping over-zealous and close-minded social services decision-making – all at taxpayers expense – while keeping natural parents in the dark. Instead here we witness a Judge doing her job properly and evaluating the facts objectively, albeit only after the local authority itself concedes. Small crumb of comfort that will be now to the innocent and genuinely aggrieved parents who subsequently split up due to the distress and to their baby, forcibly removed for seven months. Meanwhile, UK family law continues to be the laughing stock of Europe for the foreseeable future.


If you aren’t familiar with Strategy Meetings, they usually happen where there is a suspicious or unexplained injury to a child, and the medical professionals meet with the social worker and sometimes police, to gather together all of the relevant information and consider the options for going forward.

In this case, Re L  (application to withdraw ) (Head injuries : Unknown cause) 2015

they took on a particular significance.

A quick caveat – this case took place in my local Court, so of course I know some of the lawyers involved, and it was decided by my Designated Family Judge. I have had absolutely no involvement in the case (I never write about cases that I have had even a tiny part in) but of course it is much more easy to be dispassionate about the rubbish arguments deployed by Mr Edward Shirtsleeves and  Miss Rebecca Cufflinks of counsel when I’ve…

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