M (Children)


[2011] EWCA Civ 1035

The children were said to be thriving in the care of their mother and having contact supervised by her with their father. She wanted to  chose the time she should disclose this information to  the children.  In the event Mr J Hedley decided they should be told by the local authority although he acknowledged there were major risks whether they were told or not.  I was led by Anthony Hayden QC (now Mr J Hayden).  He always thought, as did I, that this was a very important case in relation to how far the state can interfere with the private lives of families.  Unfortunately neither the Court of Appeal nor the Supreme Court agreed with us.


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