MF v LB of Brent & others


[2013] EWHC 1838

LJ Ryder sitting as a high court judge made what is believed to  be the first s8 contact order alongside an adoption order where the proposed adopter opposed the making of the same.

Another important case was MF v LB of Brent & Ors [2013] EWHC 1838 (Fam) (see below) LJ Ryder whilst admitting he had changed his mind several times made for the first time ever a contact order alongside an adoption order despite the opposition of the adopter. I represented the grandmother represented by me at the same time as making an adoption order for her grandson.

I acted for the grandmother of a 7 year old boy who was adopted by his foster carer. LJ Ryder having given an indication that he would  be making a contact order delayed in giving judgment for 4 months by which time he appeared to  have changed his mind and in fact in correspondence said he would have never made a contact order.  In the event he made an order for 6 contacts a year (unsupervised)  and indicated an expectation that there would be more.  The child’s mother was to  join in some of the grandmother’s contact.

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