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Parliament_at_SunsetThe 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.

Statement regarding the case of Alessandra Pacchieri:

“It has come to our attention that there has been incorrect information circulated regarding the case of Alessandra Pacchieri. We can confirm that Ms. Pacchieri decided to take no further action which was against our advice. We were wholly prepared to act for Ms. Pacchieri on a pro bono basis. Ultimately, it was Ms. Pacchieri who decided that she did not wish to take any further action in this matter.”
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 “The Epitome of Justice Being Done”

Another “non-accidental injury” case handled by Brendan Fleming Solicitors made its way into the national press this week, being reported upon by the Daily Telegraph.

The parents of a young child who had suffered severe head injuries in a fall from his bed were accused by the local authority of having caused the injuries in a classic case of “shaken baby syndrome.” Under an Emergency Care Order the child was taken from the parents and placed into care almost a year ago.

Representing the parents on behalf of Brendan Fleming Solicitors, Sioned Hetherington instructed a haematologist, a geneticist, a paediatrician, a neuro-surgeon and an ophthalmologist in order to establish that the injuries sustained were a result of a congenital pre-disposition suffered by the child.

Under cross examination, these experts all conceded that due to a combination of factors the child suffered increased vulnerabilities and that a low level fall from a bad could indeed have caused the devastating head injuries.

Judgment was given at Nottinghamshire High Court: His Honour Judge Lea made no findings and discharged the care order as threshold criteria were not met. The family was reunited, with the child returned to his overjoyed parents.

At the outset, with the weight of medical evidence against them, the parents’ case seemed to be a lost cause. But with Brendan Fleming Solicitors fighting their corner, a resounding victory was snatched from the gaping maw of defeat and injustice.

As Sioned herself surmised at the close of proceedings: “This case really was, in my opinion, the epitome of justice being done.”

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

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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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Brendan Fleming in the news:

As well as featuring in the national and international news, local-boy-come-good Brendan also got a photo opportunity in the Birmingham Post:

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The 10 Commandments of Brendan Fleming Solicitors“Where the Client is King…”

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.

Call direct on 0121 683 5000, any time, day or night.

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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