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Richard Balchin & Tiffany Wilkinson Appointed Deputy District Judges

Trinity Chambers is delighted to announce that Richard Balchin and Tiffany Wilkinson have been appointed as Deputy District Judges.
A hard-hitting advocate with over 20 years’ experience at the Bar, Richard specialises in Matrimonial Financial and Cohabitation claims and Civil Litigation involving Land, Inheritance, Contracts and Torts. His considerable expertise, no-nonsense approach to litigation and robust advocacy makes this appointment a great fit.
Specialising in Financial Relief, Cohabitee Disputes and all aspects of Family Law, Tiffany is highly-regarded as an experienced, tenacious advocate. Her conscientious and diligent approach to representing clients combine with her significant expertise and ability to empathise will be valuable tools in this new role.
We’d like to inform our existing and prospective clients that, as …

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HM Assistant Coroner Tina Harrington hears the inquest into the deaths of two individuals set alight in Benfleet, Essex

HM Assistant Coroner Tina Harrington led a five-day Article 2 inquest into the deaths of Kieren Lynch and Jennifer Cronin. The inquest, which commenced on 21 January 2019, revealed that serious failings by Essex Police, namely an under-resourced and inadequately managed police department, had contributed to their deaths.
Background
Kieren was 51 years old and Jennifer, his mother in law, was 72 years old at the time of the incident. Kieren had a history of depression and low mood. His mood deteriorated when his ex-wife, Mrs Lynch, formed a new relationship after their separation. This led to escalating events, resulting in him setting both himself and Jennifer alight on 13 March 2018. Kieren, who was arrested for attempted murder, died on 13 March 2018. Jennifer died later on 30 March 2018.
The Inquest
The inquest heard that the series of inci…

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Fundamental Dishonesty: A Matter of Substance, Not Form

The case of Howlett v Davies [2017] EWCA Civ 1696 clarified a number of issues relating to fundamental dishonesty. Here, we review the relevant case law and what information professionals should be aware of going forward.
Fundamental Dishonesty – Howlett v Davies [2017]
The Court of Appeal provided clarification on two issues regarding fundamental dishonesty:

Definition for QOCS purposes
Requirement to plead

The Claimants brought claims for injuries and losses arising out of an alleged road traffic accident. At first instance, the Deputy District Judge had no confidence that the accident happened as described by the Claimants or at all, and found fundamental dishonesty despite it not having been pleaded. On a second appeal, the Court of Appeal confirmed that the Deputy District Judge had been entitled to do so.
1. Definition of fundamental…

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The Reasonable Judicial Parent and Implacably Hostile Communities: The Presumption in Favour of Contact Remains Strong in Child Arrangements Orders

Our latest blog post discusses the intriguing case of Re M (Children) [2017] concluded in late 2017. These proceedings covered the topic of child arrangements orders in circumstances where a father had left his former religious community for his decision to live as a transgender woman, and initially ruled to only have indirect contact with his five children.
Re M (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 2164
The Court of Appeal has overturned a child arrangements order that there is to be no direct contact between five ultra-orthodox Jewish children, aged 3 to 13, and their father who had left the Charedi community to live openly as a transgender woman.
The mother, supported by the children’s guardian, contended that direct contact would be harmful for the children because they would be alienated by their religious community, who would not accept the fath…

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Dryden and Others v Johnson Matthey PLC

The Supreme Court recently considered whether a symptomless condition could amount to actionable damage. The condition in question was platinum salt sensitisation (PSS), contracted by the claimants in the course of their employment. PSS is asymptomatic but carries a real risk of progression, especially where those affected continue to be exposed to platinum salts. The claimants were consequently prevented from working around platinum salts.
The Court revisited two leading cases: Cartledge v E Jopling & Sons Ltd [1963] AC 758 and Rothwell v Chemical Insulating Co Ltd [2008] AC 281.
The claimants sought to rely upon Cartledge, a case in which steelworkers had inhaled harmful silica particles. As a result, the workers suffered reduced lung capacity and were at an increased risk of complications should they contract a separate illness affectin…

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Getting the Most Out of Independent Reviewing Officers in Care Proceedings

Gabrielle Jan Posner, one of our specialist family law barristers and door tenants, recently had an article published on Family Law Week arguing for a more involved role for Independent Reviewing Officers in Care Proceedings. If you would like to read the complete article, you can find it on their website.
If you would like to receive dedicated legal advice and representation from Gabrielle and our other family law experts during care proceedings and other circumstances, get in touch with our helpful clerks today. Call us on 01245 605040 or email clerks@trinitychambers.com.

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Support or Substitution? A Local Authority’s Duties Towards Parents with Learning Disabilities

A Local Authority v G (Parent with Learning Disability) [2017] EWFC B94
A recent judgment considered the correct approach in care cases where one or both of the parents suffer from learning disabilities.
The court was concerned with a girl aged 3 and a boy aged 19 months. The mother suffered from mild learning difficulties, with an IQ of 57 and partial deafness. The father was the mother’s registered carer but suffered himself from depression and stress.
His Honour Judge Dancey considered the authorities and derived the basic principles [at paragraph 35] that adults with learning difficulties can often be ‘good enough’ parents with sufficient support and that professionals and family law courts must focus on providing that support rather than removing children from their parents’ care.
The Judge warned against both direct and indirect …

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Financial Remedies Courts Coming to Chelmsford

In the 18th View from the President’s Chambers, the President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales, Sir James Munby, has set out in some detail his plans for the new Financial Remedies Courts (‘FRCs’), including plans to pilot the scheme in the South-East as early as Easter 2018.
On 1st December 2017, the President announced plans to introduce specialist courts to deal with financial remedies, which will include claims under:
- The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973
- Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989
- Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984
- The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
- The Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996
We now know that the first three pilots of these new Financial Remedies Courts, in London, the West Midlands, and South-East Wales, are e…

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Inheritance (Provision for Family Dependents) Act 1975: A Caution Over Moral Claims

In the recent case of Ball v Ball 2017 EWHC 1750 Ch, the High Court rejected a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 (IPFDA) made by three adult children against their mother’s estate.
The IPFDA allows the court to provide further financial provisions for family and dependents who have been left out of a will, been left with less than they thought due, or if no will had been written prior to death. This includes, but is not limited to, the spouse of the deceased, the deceased’s children, and dependants maintained by the deceased.
In this particular case, the mother had disinherited three of her children for reporting their father to the police for indecent assault offences, for which the father was later convicted. The mother, who was not the abuser, had a clear intention for the 20 years following the …

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Statutory Demands: Creditor faces costs order even when they were entitled to serve the statutory demand

Dunhill v Hughmans (A Firm) [2017] EWHC 2073 (Ch)
The High Court has recently held that although a creditor was ‘entitled’ to serve its statutory demand when it did, it had not been ‘appropriate’ to do so. Accordingly, the creditor was liable for the debtor’s costs of applying to set aside.
The court held that the creditor was entitled to serve its statutory demand upon obtaining summary judgment. However, it went on to consider that entitlement against the appropriateness of doing so when the creditor knew the debtor was seeking permission to appeal.
Upon the debtor’s appeal being allowed, the creditor proposed withdrawing its statutory demand with no order as to costs. The court held that it was reasonable for the debtor to reject that proposal. The debtor was therefore entitled to her costs.
This is a reminder that creditors mus…

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