Archive for December, 2013

Father Blames Son’s Adoption on ‘Housing Crisis’

A father who argued that he lost his young son to adoption – because South East England’s ‘housing crisis’ had made it impossible for him to find a suitable family home – has failed to convince the Court of Appeal that the boy should be returned to his care. The man had been seeking custody of his three-year-old son since he was placed in foster care by Suffolk County Council on grounds that his mother was suffering from ‘serious problems’ and that his father had previously experienced ‘difficulties with a personality disorder’. After his successful completion of a parenting assessment, the father was viewed by social workers as capable of providing adequate care for his son. A family judge recognised his efforts and noted that he had the benefit of a committed family support network. He was granted three months of ... Read more

Tax Officials Unlawfully Raided Family Homes

The High Court has stepped in to vindicate the rights of four members of a family whose homes were raided by tax officials investigating an alleged VAT fraud. The warrants purportedly authorising the officials’ actions were invalid in that they did not comply with the terms of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the Court made a formal declaration that the raids were therefore unlawful. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) had obtained the warrants from magistrates on the basis that there were reasonable grounds for suspecting that a married couple were the ‘controlling minds’ behind a string of ‘phoenix companies’ that were said to have been used in a £250,000 fraud. The couple’s ‘substantial’ home and business premises were entered and searched and the homes of two of their relatives were also targeted. All four family members denied any ... Read more
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