At HRS Family Law Solicitors we are no strangers to the High Court. As specialists in family law we are often in the position of representing a party in the Higher Courts. The recent conclusion of a case before Mr Justice Keehan was a sad case with compelling argument on both sides. As reported in the Daily Mail newspaper the parents were able to keep their children with them. The Court decided that the death of the couple’s baby was a tragic accident and therefore, in essence, there was not sufficient risk to remove the other children on a permanent basis.
At HRS we are slow to blow our own trumpet, so to speak, unlike other firms who tend to be a little too far the other way.. Yet, on this occasion I thought we should reference the good outcome achieved. The case highlights not only the seriousness of these cases but also the complexity of them. Often, the facts and the law are very complex, and much more intricate than may be understood by the casual observer.
We act for parents in an adversarial system where the local authority make their point and our lawyers, with or without the help of specialist counsel, make ours. The system works because life is complicated and arguments are nuanced. The method brings out the truth and the Court makes the best decision that it can because the opposing positions have been put both forcefully and eloquently.
Cases such as this are reported for other lawyers to reference and these reported cases form part of the law for future reference. BCC v LC and others 2016 EWCA 1278 (fam) was a case involving our very own Victoria Hills and there was a resulting change in the law, in part, due to her representation and argument in that case.
The recent matter in the High Court is not the first or likely the last such case involving HRS that has been reported, this is just the latest example of the complex work we do. My thanks to our team for their hard work and continued efforts on behalf of our clients.
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