Philip Newton's Public Law Children Cases

Dismissing allegations of sexual abuse against a Father

Philip represented a Father in a fact finding hearing relating to allegations of sexual abuse. Philip’s detailed and robust approach to his client’s predicament succeeded not only in getting all sexual abuse allegations against the Father dismissed, but also (in the welfare hearing) in discrediting the Local Authority’s experts to the extent that they have Continue reading

Returning children to a Father’s care

Philip represented the Father at the final hearing in care proceedings, where the Local Authority had made a negative assessment of his suitability as a carer for his children. Philip successfully argued against the Local Authority and the Guardian, persuading the Court that the Father had not been properly considered as a carer for his Continue reading

Dismissing false allegations of sexual abuse

Philip represented a Father accused by the Mother of sexual abuse of their two children. Philip was successful in getting all the allegations dismissed, and his client’s relationship with the children returned to regular staying contact and half of school holidays.

Enabling a Father to be assessed as a carer for his children

Philip represented a Father at the final hearing in care proceedings, and successfully argued against the Local Authority and the Guardian that the Father had not been properly considered as a carer for all three of his children. The final hearing was adjourned to enable such assessment of Philip’s client to take place.

Appealing fact-finding on behalf of a mother

Philip represented a mother in care proceedings that went on appeal from fact-finding decisions and then to a further final hearing. He successfully appealed all the serious findings of fact made against the parents. In the final hearing, he further succeeded in obtaining a finding that the threshold criteria were not made out and that Continue reading

Fighting care order and removal from mother’s care

Philip represented a mother on a Local Authority’s application for an interim care order and removal of the children from the mother’s care. [O1] Despite the circumstances, he was successful in avoiding both removal and a care order. On being told of the result by email the instructing solicitor’s response was “Remarkable! Many thanks.”   Continue reading

Enabling a father to retain care of his baby

Philip represented a father on the Local Authority’s application for an interim care order to remove the child, a baby, from his care. The case involved Philip’s skill in drafting careful written submissions on the law and facts, which resulted in the Local Authority accepting that the child could remain living with the father.

Preventing Removal

Philip acted for a mother in opposing the removal of her child from her care. He was successful in defeating the application for an interim care order, which led to the child remaining permanently with the mother.

Non-accidental injury

Philip represented a father and succeeded in avoiding any non-accidental injury findings against his client despite expert and other evidence against him. The local authority and medical experts’ case was that the mother and/or the father must have intentionally inflicted the child’s injuries. Extensive cross-examination and submission led the court to accept the father’s case Continue reading

Preventing Removal

Philip acted for the father at the final care hearing, to successfully prevent the removal of a child from both parents. The mother, with whom the client lived, had had all other children removed from her care. The local authority and expert psychological evidence was entirely against the parents, but detailed cross-examination of the social Continue reading

Child prostitution and international law

Philip acted for a father in a High Court multi-handed care case that took up over two months of court time, and involved the abuse and exploitation of children, including child prostitution. The case required his particular expertise in dealing with international and cross-cultural elements, specifically relating to Eastern Europe, as well as extremely complex Continue reading