Monthly Archives: April 2012

A significant case in the family courts – LB Islington v Al Alas and Wray

The recent case of LB Islington v Al Alas and Wray, (where I was led by Ian Peddie QC [also of Garden Court Chambers] in representing the father, Rohan Wray) should have some pretty significant implications in cases involving alleged non-accidental injuries.

In summary, this was a fact finding hearing where the parents were exonerated of killing their baby son, Jayden Wray (DOB 7th march 2009) through a non-accidental head injury, as well as inflicting multiple fractures on him. The parents had previously faced a murder trial at the Central Criminal Court, where the Judge had directed the jury to acquit the parents due to conflicting expert evidence. However the Local Authority pursued a fact-finding hearing regardless, having been granted an interim care order of their daughter, Jayda Wray (dob 17 October 2010).
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Research shows ISW’s would reduce delay

As I suspected in a recent blog on ‘ISW’s an endangered species?’, it appears current research proves that Independent Social Workers would in fact reduce delay rather than extend it. Let’s hope the Government take notice ! – especially when the LSC are routinely refusing prior authority for instructions of ISW’s at the moment for mainly spurious reasons.

Chris McWatters

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by | April 20, 2012 · 12:43 pm

Pscych Alert !

Unsusual bit of press interest in care proceedings……

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by | April 11, 2012 · 1:07 pm