A Local Authority v A, B, C, D and E (Permission to Withdraw: Costs) [2018] EWHC 1841 (Fam)

Deirdre Fottrell QC and Sharon Segal acted on behalf of the mother in this important case concerning the withdrawal of care proceedings and an application for costs where allegations of radicalisation were made. This case is required reading for those instructed in such cases and emphasises the obligation on the local authority to “scrutinise the evidence underpinning its threshold case”. Mrs Justice Knowles provides useful guidance as to the procedure to be adopted in seeking costs in children proceedings.

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