In the much anticipated judgment the Supreme Court took a third course in allowing the appeal of Yasmin Prest and found that properties owned by the Husband’s company Petrodel were held on trust for him. The court ordered the transfer of these to the Wife. The main judgment given by Lord Sumption analysed and defined the law on piercing the corporate veil.
The court made an order terminating the parental responsibility of a father. The father had been convicted and imprisoned for 10 counts of sexual assault on the half siblings of the subject child.
The CA allowed a mother’s appeal and substituted an interim supervision order for an interim care order allowing a 4 month old child to be cared for by her mother in the mother and baby unit of a prison. The court reviewed the case law on interim care orders and gave guidance emphasising that an ICO should be about keeping a child safe for the duration of the proceedings.
The CA dismissed the appeal of a natural father against an order refusing him to defend adoption proceedings and be joined as a party to these. In the unusual circumstances of the case the father had not seen or had any contact with the child as he had thought he was the child of another man. However the child was now four and had been living with prospective adopters for two years and was settled and happy there. The CA also commented on the delay in obtaining a transcript of the judgment and gave firm guidance as to the conduct of future appeals in respect of placement orders including the need for these to be placed before a Lord Justice as soon as the appellant’s notice is received without waiting for the transcript.
The court ordered the transfer of care proceedings relating to the child of Slovakian Romani parents to the Slovak court pursuant to their request under BIIR.