Jo Porter writes for Local Government Lawyer

In writing for the Local Government Lawyer, Jo Porter examines maximising support for families in the straining children social care sector, in need for urgent reform, to support families and avoid crisis.

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Jo Porter writes for Local Government News

The independent review of children’s social care, ‘The case for change’, revealed the system is in urgent need of reform, identifying several issues, thus inviting further feedback for the next phase of the review. Jo Porter examines the tension between the rigid statutory framework around child protection and the frontline child protection work done with families.

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Case providing guidance on the operation of the 1996 Convention, further to UK’s exit from the EU.

In Re D (Care Proceedings: 1996 Hague Convention: Article 9 Request) [2021] EWHC 1970 (Fam), Henry Setright QC and Chris Barnes acted for the local authority in proceedings before Mrs Justice Knowles concerning an application under the 1996 Hague Convention in respect of a child in Switzerland.


Charles Hale QC and Michael Edwards write for the Times on the impact of non qualifying sharia marriages.

Because traditional Islamic ceremonies are legally considered ‘non-qualifying’, vulnerable spouses are being trapped in marriages – or left destitute, write Charles Hale QC and Michael Edwards. Two years on from Akhter v Khan, the case in which campaigners hoped would lead to a change in the law, Muslim women continue to be treated differently to virtually all other women in society.

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Landmark appeal against the recognition of a Polish order

Henry Setright QC and Harry Langford appeared before Mr Justice Cobb in a landmark appeal against the recognition of a Polish order under the Brussells II Revised Regulation.


Court of Appeal case establishing that placement and private law non-agency adoption proceedings can be heard in parallel.

Piers Pressdee QC and Joanne Porter (instructed by Griffiths Robertson) appeared in the significant Court of Appeal case of R (Care Proceedings: Joinder of Foster Carers) [2021] EWCA Civ 875.