Switalskis Director Lisa Phillips

“The best court hearing ever” – when the child care system succeeds



By Lisa Phillips, Director & Solicitor Advocate, Child Care Law As lawyers involved in care proceedings, almost every hearing we attend ends with an outcome that leaves at least one party unhappy. However, after working in this area of law for nearly 20 years, last week I had the best court hearing ever… In 2011, I was asked to represent ...
 
Chartered Legal Executive Caroline Hurst

What right do we have to call ourselves civilised?



By Caroline Hurst, Chartered Legal Executive. Court of Protection Department On 3 August 2017, Sir James Munby handed down a judgment which has sparked a public and media frenzy. It was an extraordinary attack (at least from a member of the judiciary) on the government for the dire lack of mental health provision – in this case to meet the ...
 
Ranjit Uppal

Can Asians adopt in England and Wales?



By Ranjit Uppal, Director & Solicitor Advocate The simple answer is, yes, of course they can. However, very recently Sandeep and Rena Manda were told by Adopt Berkshire that White British or European Applicant’s would be given preference in the adoption process as they only had white children who needed to be placed for adoption. The agency therefore refused to ...
 

Adoption in the Social Media Age



In the Bridget Lindley Annual Memorial Lecture, which took place in March 2017, Lord Justice McFarlane posed a number of highly current and thought provoking questions. The lecture was entitled “Holding the Risk: the balance between child protection and the right to family life”, and was in memory of Bridget Lindley of the Family Rights Group who sadly died last year. ...
 
Ranjit Uppal

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation



By Ranjit Uppal, Director & Solicitor Advocate The world has just become a bit more complicated for parents, carers and children wanting to relocate. Whether Article 50 is triggered prior to March 2017; whether Brexit happens within two years; or whether a wall is erected between Mexico and the United States – these significant changes will have an impact on ...
 

Switalskis’ Ranjit Uppal travels to Brazil to train Foster Care professionals



Until relatively recently, the idea of Foster Care in Brazil and Latin America was inconceivable. Abandoned and orphaned children were cared for exclusively in children’s homes and institutions. However, the tide has now turned, as Federal Government policy dictates that States must look to implement Foster Care programmes: and they are looking to experts in Yorkshire to help them do ...
 
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Switalskis Director Ranjit Uppal presenting training in Brazil with SFAC



On Friday 26th August, Director and Child Care Solicitor Ranjit Uppal is travelling to Brazil with children’s charity SFAC (Substitute Families for Abandoned Children). Ranjit will be presenting training as part of SFAC’s ongoing work in Brazil to help deliver foster care programmes and to promote the concept of foster care. SFAC aim to change the way governments and communities approach childcare ...
 
Switalskis Director Lisa Phillips

Lisa Phillips shortlisted in national Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards



Switalskis Director and Solicitor Advocate Lisa Phillips has been shortlisted in the national Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards. Lisa Phillips, who is based in Switalskis Child Care Law team in Leeds, has been recognised in the Family Law category. Organised by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) and with media support from the Legal Action Group (LAG) the ...
 
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Switalskis Child Care Law Team instructed in International Adoption case



Switalskis Solicitors was recently instructed in an adoption matter which was complicated by an international element. Our Child Care Law team received instructions to act on the day before the hearing when we were made a party to represent the subject child who had been relinquished for adoption. The mother was Latvian and relinquished her baby on birth in this ...
 
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1000s of foster children separated from siblings



It has been revealed that of the 11,082 children taken into foster care from April ’13 to March ’14, a third were separated from their brothers and sisters as local authorities struggled to find placements for sibling groups. The figures were obtained by Action for Children following a Freedom of Information request to all local authorities across Britain. The charity ...