About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Data Protection news

This report on Family Law Week refers to yet another fine being dished out by the Information Commissioner - £120,000 for a local authority when a solicitor sent 11 emails about a child protection case to the wrong person. Ouch.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

In an interesting so-called shaking baby, Emma Sherrington of http://www.fishermeredith.co.uk reports that the discovery of previously unseen medical evidence resulted in her client's exoneration as she describes in her article in the Guardian.  The case is also covered by the BBC.  Sadly the father in the case had already been convicted and served time - he did successfully appeal the conviction on other grounds.  The full judgment in relation to the medical issues is here - essentially there was an innocent explanation following on from airway obstruction.  The Judge (Hogg J) summarises the evidence of each medical expert before giving her conclusions both on the individual medical areas and finally on the totality of the evidence.  The final decision approving the return of the children to the parents is here.  One cannot but be moved by the human cost for parents (and others) who had been locked into court battles for over 6 years.

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Data Protection issues

A couple of words to the wise about recent Data Protection issues with a more analytical piece to follow.

Apparently a complaint was made about Counsel leaving documents on the court attendant's desk in the PRFD followed by a swingeing fine.  I have not yet checked whether it is an urban myth but was told it by a reliable source so I am not taking any chances myself.

Secondly my chambers has been contacted by a court notifying that similar concerns arise about leaving bundles in the robing room and has asked all lawyers to remove their papers.  I don't know if this is as a result of a complaint.  There is less clearly a risk if the robing room has keypad protection but I have a feeling the Information Commissioner would not think that adequate.