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Transgender parent takes right to see children to Court of Appeal
A parent who left a tight-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to start a new life as a woman has taken her fight for access to her five children to the Court of Appeal. The transgender woman , referred to as J in an earlier court case, is contesting a ruling that her children faced greater psychological harm by being excluded from the Haredi community for having contact with her, than not having contact with her at all. During the case, which was heard at Manchester family court in January, J explained that she hadn’t seen her children for around 18 months and wanted to be reintroduced to them sensitively. However, the children’s mother said that direct contact with J would lead to the children being ostracised at community festivities and family events. This led the judge to rule with “real regret” that the children shouldn’t see J, but be allowed to communicate through letters and cards, citing: “These children are caught between two apparently incompatible ways of living, led by tiny minorities within society at large … It is painful to find these vulnerable groups in conflict.” “In the final analysis, the gulf between these parents – the mother within the ultra-Orthodox community and the father as a transgender person – is too wide for the children to bridge. “This outcome is not a failure to uphold transgender rights, still less a ‘win’ for the community, but the upholding of the rights of the children to have the least harmful outcome in a situation not of their making.” J believes she’s the first person in the UK to leave a Haredi community after receiving help from an LGBT support group. We’ll report on the outcome of the appeal when the ruling is made.
Throughout November Russell and Russell Solicitors is running an initiative to support local homeless charity, Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme (BYPHS). The practice is acting as a drop off point for anyone wishing to donate items of food to help ensure young homeless people don’t go hungry this winter. Donations can be left at any of the Russell and Russell branches to be sent on to the charity. Buying just one extra item of food in the weekly shop will help BYPHS provide hot meals to around 100 homeless youngsters. All donations will go towards BYPHS’s annual #10TinChallenge which enables young people to ‘eat and heat’ because they can’t afford both when it’s cold. Established in 1992, BYPHS was set up in partnership with Bolton Council and Irwell Valley Housing to counteract the growing number of young people who found themselves with nowhere to live. Each year, around 350 homeless people access the charity’s service, making it a vital lifeline. Based at Breightmet Street in Bolton town centre, the charity provides temporary support and accommodation to 16-25 year olds. It also runs eight other projects across Bolton and the surrounding areas. Sadly, the number of people who are homeless is growing and as winter approaches we want to help do our bit to support those who find themselves in this awful position. So, next time you’re out shopping, spare a thought for those less fortunate and pop an extra tin in your trolley.
Concerns over the number of people representing themselves in court The latest figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has raised fresh concerns over the number of family cases being brought to court without legal representation. Stats show that 36% of the 13,029 applications made between April and June this year weren’t legally represented on either side. This is up 2% on the previous quarter. The increase has led to calls from the legal sector to review the way the family justice system is funded. The view is that even a small amount of government financed advice could help signpost applicants to alternative forms of resolution and information to help them settle cases without having the worry, and inexperience, of representing themselves in court. The concern has been echoed by Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd who described it as ‘deeply worrying’. Suggested solutions include a return to legal aid or adoption of the Californian practise of providing a court bared solicitor who can advise whilst at court. Legal aid for children matters at least is being championed by the Bach Commission, which is looking into access to justice. The government has also been urged to broaden the remit of legal aid for other specific family cases with respect to court representation.
Russell and Russell Qualifies in Wills and Inheritance Again.Read why below?
And now awards winner(accreditation) in this important area.. Russell and Russell Qualifies in Wills and Inheritance Again Russell and Russell Solicitors has once again been accredited to the prestigious Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). WIQS was set up by The Law Society to provide transparency for clients when selecting a lawyer to help with their wills and estate planning. It benchmarks a law firm’s areas of expertise and ensures processes are in place to enable clients to understand what is involved in preparing a will or seeking probate advice, the costs and the timescales expected. “It’s hugely important to be able to demonstrate you have the skills and knowledge to deal with someone’s will or Lasting Power of Attorney, for example”, said Judith Bromley, head of wills and probate at Russell and Russell. “Estate planning is probably one of the most important financial decisions you’ll make, which is why it requires the expertise of a qualified solicitor to get the best possible outcome and our reaccreditation to WIQS is testament to our standards of service.” The practice was one of the first law firms in the North West to be accredited to WIQS in 2014. Qualification involved the department undergoing a rigorous application and assessment process in which it was required to demonstrate its adoption of best practice procedures in delivering wills and probate advice. Russell and Russell’s probate department is also a member of Dementia Friends, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative which helps people and organisations learn more about what it is like to live with dementia, and all its solicitors are members of Solicitors for the Elderly.
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