Francesca Conn secured Human Rights Acts damages of £15,000 for a child and £6,000 for the parent following care proceedings. The local authority was found to have treated her client, the disabled parent, in a hostile and judgmental manner and to have failed to have due regard to its Equality Act 2010 obligations towards him, while his child remained unnecessarily in foster care.
HHJ Robertshaw QC sitting as a Deputy of the High Court held, “It is only as a result of the diligence and determination of the father’s legal team and, in particular, his Counsel, Miss Conn, that A has not been placed for adoption which would have resulted in the severing of all links with her birth family. This case has resulted in a plan for A to be reunited with her father. Had the father’s legal team not persevered, the outcome could have been very different to the detriment of A and her parents – and that would have been a tragedy.”  EWHC 4227 (Fam). http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2015/4227.html