The ALC has had a long-standing interest in intervening in cases where the wider issues under consideration are relevant to our membership’s aims and interests

Over the past few years, we have intervened, always on a pro bono basis, in the following important cases:

  • In the Supreme Court: Williams v London Borough of Hackney [2019] 1 FLR 310 and Re T [2021] UKSC 35
  • In the Court of Appeal in Re P-S [2019] 1 FLR 251, Re T [2019] 1 FLR 965, Re B [2020] 2 FLR 25 and Bell v The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust [2021] EWCA Civ 1363, Griffiths v Tickle & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 1882 and Re H-N and Others (children (domestic abuse: finding of fact hearings [2021] EWCA Civ 448

Cases are referred to us in several ways but most often either someone on the committee is involved or becomes aware of a case which they think is of wider interest, or one our members contacts us to advise us of such a case. We continue to welcome those referrals however, please note that any communication with us must be made with due regard to the confidentiality that attaches to children proceedings.

We cannot receive information from the proceedings without permission of the court. The provision of documentation to the ALC is always a matter determined by the court (quite often with the consent of the parties) when we apply to intervene. As such, and as the court understands, we will most usually have very limited anonymised information when we make an application to intervene.