St Philips family team in Court of Appeal over disallowed application for expert evidence in tragic public law children case
Five members of St Philip’s family team have been to the Court of Appeal after a judge refused permission for the instruction of a child psychiatrist, as an expert witness in care proceedings in a tragic case.
Jack Redmond (led by Nicholas Goodwin QC) was instructed for the Appellant on behalf of the Official Solicitor, supported by Christopher Rank (led by door tenant Karl Rowley QC) for the second respondent.
The appeal was resisted by Julie Sparrow leading William Horwood for the respondent local authority. The court determined that despite the decision being a case management decision with which the Court of Appeal does not usually interfere, there were good reasons on this occasion to set aside the order of the court below and substitute an order granting permission to instruct an expert.
See the full report here: https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2020/346.html