[2016] EWCA Civ 1016



Private: David Williams QC
Charles Hale KC
Jacqueline Renton
Matthew Persson


Court of Appeal

Practice Areas

International Children Law

The court considered the proper approach to applications for the return of children who had been unilaterally removed from their home by one parent and taken to another place in England and Wales. There was no general principle in favour of summary return to the place where the child was formerly resident. Such proceedings would normally be brought under the Children Act 1989 and had to be decided by applying the welfare principle and checklist.


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