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ParliamentThe Children and Families Act  2014

Today – 22nd April 2014 – will see the coming into force of the most far-reaching child welfare legislature to be considered by Parliament in decades: the Children and Families Act 2014.

According to the Government’s press release, the Act will result in “greater protection to vulnerable children, better support for children whose parents are separating, a new system to help children with special educational needs and disabilities, and help for parents to balance work and family life” and will also ensure that “vital changes to the adoption system can be put into practice, meaning more children who need loving homes are placed faster” and “reforms for children in care can be implemented including giving them the choice to stay with their foster families until their 21st birthday.”

In addition to this, today has also seen the formation of a single Family Court, replacing the system whereby family proceedings may have been heard by county courts or Magistrates’ courts.

But what do these changes actually mean for the law itself, for our firm and for our clients?

Our comprehensive series of articles will cover the effects of this new single Family Court and this new Children and Families Act upon you, upon us, and upon English law.

Please note that while we have made every effort to ensure that all information on our website is accurate and up-to-date, these new changes are sweeping and comprehensive. We cannot therefore guarantee the accuracy of any articles predating the changes unless we have clearly marked them as having been updated to align with the new legislature.

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Brendan Fleming Speaks at the Stop Forced Adoption Conference

Brendan Fleming was recently a guest and speaker at Justice for Families’ Stop Forced Adoptions Conference, held locally at the Birmingham and Midlands Institute. His address gave both legal insight into Family Law and invaluable advice to the audience.

Alongside Brendan spoke other stalwarts in the fight against injustice in the Family Law arena including John Hemming MP; Christopher Booker, columnist for the Telegraph; and Denise Robertson of ITV’s This Morning.

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Paddling furiously for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Dragon Boat TeamLast week’s Express & Star reported on the annual dragon boat racing event at Dudley’s Himley Park, including a brief interview from our very own Zoe Brettle:

A record crowd flocked to Dudley’s Himley Park on Sunday with up to 5,000 people attending the popular annual dragon boat racing event.

The annual challenge saw teams furiously paddle their way through the park’s lake to raise money for charity.

Run by Wolverhampton Rotary Club, the event has raised £280,000 in its 14-year history.

President Mike Colley said: “It’s a record turnout this year and with the beautiful weather it’s been a fabulous day.

“People are getting used to this being a big annual event.”

Among those competing in the dragon boat challenge – which included regular races spread over six hours – was Zoe Brettle, aged 26 from Wordsley.

The solicitor, whose Brendan Fleming Solicitors team raised money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “The weather is lovely and everyone’s had a lot of fun.

“It’s brought everyone’s spirits up and the whole thing is for charity which is great.”

Read the Telegraph article here as one of our series of blog posts.

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Brendan Fleming offers first-class legal services where every client, no matter their situation, comes first. That goes for whether you’re paying our fees personally or you are being publicly funded.

We are situated near St. Paul’s Square, a beautiful and almost rural part of the city centre located in the historic Jewellery Quarter.

We are open and available 7 days a week, 264 days a year – every day except Christmas Day.

We offer a fully national service covering all areas of England and Wales.

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Take advantage of our fast pace and production-oriented operating basis to give you the advantage now. Let us show you what makes working with Brendan Fleming so refreshingly different. We strive to offer a direct line to your solicitor from the beginning to the end of your case.

We provide an extensive range of legal services including public law, family matterschildren’s proceedings, and lots more.

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