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Ian Robertson
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Ian is a solicitor advocate with 30 years' experience of the law relating to children and childcare proceedings. He was founder and first chair of the Association of Lawyers for Children. Ian is a part time judge on the Care Standards and Special Education and Disability tribunals.

Creaking at the seams

The long awaited report from Mr Justice Ryder was published yesterday – see here. For me the headline proposal from is the creation of a unified family court. For those…

A need for vigilance

The use of expert witnesses in family proceedings has raised controversy over many years. Concerns have been various: experts using the courts to promote views not shared by peers (copper…

Not always a happy ending

There has been a lot in the press recently about the inordinate and unconscionable delays in the making of adoption orders, the decline in number of orders and their general…

A professional dilemma

There are times in our professional lives when, no matter how experienced we are, we face ethical and moral dilemmas. Mine revolves around the right of a young person to…

Not all drug users are bad parents

Many of us involved in care proceedings in the provinces have looked at the Family Drugs and Alcohol Court in London and Drug in London with envy. They seem so…