The Court of Appeal has listed an application for permission to appeal, with appeal to follow if granted, to a mother in
Re P (30.1.08) which will give it the opportunity to look at the interelationship of representation by the OS & the ECHR. The full hearing of the permission application is on 4th March 2008.
The Court of Appeal has also granted permission to appeal to the House of Lords in A Council v B & Others  EWHC 2395 (Fam) (and see the schedule to the judgment on the law here . This case will provide the House of Lords with an opportunity to reconsider their decision in Re H & R both as to whether there should be some variation in the court's approach to the satisfaction of the threshold test, and as to the court being able to take account at the welfare stage of a possibility of harm which has not been proved to the requisite standard at the fact finding stage.
The Law Society is about to launch its second judicial review against the Legal Services Commission in an attempt to force it to comply with the previous declaration of the Court of Appeal.
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