Failure to Remove: Where are we now?

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Join us on Thursday, 9th May when leading practitioners from Deka Chambers’ Civil and Family teams will come together to provide a unique analysis of issues arising in claims against local authorities relating to the removal of children into care.

The conference will be followed by a networking reception.


  • 2.15pm – Arrival
  • 2.30pm – Introduction
  • 2.35pm – The threshold for removing a child into care under section 31 of the Children Act 1989 – Edward Lamb KC
  • 3.00pm – Negligent claims after HXA v Surrey County Council [2023] UKSC 52 – Paul Stagg KC
  • 3.25pm – Claims under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights: the ‘severity’ threshold, real and immediate risk and operational failure – Francesca O’Neill
  • 3.50pm – Refreshment Break
  • 4.10pm – Claims under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights: can they be pursued where a claim under Article 3 fails and, if so, what criteria will apply? – Jack Harding
  • 4.35pm – The use and abuse of accommodation provided under section 20 of the Children Act 1989 – Thomas Jones
  • 5.00pm – Closing Remarks and Q&A
  • 5.15pm – Networking Reception

Spaces for this conference are limited. If you are interested in attending please contact

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Paul Stagg KC

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Edward Lamb KC

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Jack Harding

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Thomas Jones

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