W (A Child) [2013] EWCA Civ 1177 (16 October 2013)

Following the change in approach set out in Re: BS the CA allowed two appeals against refusals of permission to oppose Adoption applications under s.47(5). The CA remitted both matters back to the original judges to determine whether or not to grant leave to oppose. The President made clear and forceful remarks on the importance of court orders being complied with, referring to the ‘the slapdash, lackadaisical and on occasions almost contumelious attitude which still far too frequently characterises the response to orders made by family courts’. He emphasises that non-compliance with orders should be expected to have and will usually have a consequence.