Dr Proudman and Ms Traugott were instructed by Beck Fitzgerald on behalf of a mother in an application to appeal a decision of a Circuit Judge in private law children proceedings. The appeal was made following a fact-finding decision in which the mother’s allegations of domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour were not proven. The mother made an application to appeal the decision of the Circuit Judge not to grant a psychiatric assessment of the father in light of concerns about his mental health in the preceding years. Mrs Justice Judd sitting in open court in the High Court of the Family Division allowed the appeal on the basis that ‘the Judge was wrong in not granting a psychiatric assessment of the father’.
The Judge referred to Dr Proudman’s oral submissions at the permission to appeal hearing as, “detailed submissions, well put and succinctly and carefully developed”.
The judgment will be published on baili shortly.