Ruth Hughes and Eliza Eagling appear in Re CJF authorising a statutory settlement for a minor
Re CJF is a recent decision of the Court of Protection concerning the emergency authorisation of a statutory settlement for a child who was about to die.
Published cases in these circumstances are rare and therefore Re CJF is a helpful addition to the Court of Protection’s jurisprudence.
Ruth Hughes appeared for the Official Solicitor, CJF’s litigation friend and Eliza Eagling acted for his biological mother.
The Court authorised the execution of a settlement which allowed CJF’s foster family to remain in their home, which was owned by CJF, with the remainder of the estate passing to CJF’s biological mother.
It is also interesting that the Court was willing, in the circumstances to authorise the statutory settlement before CJF’s biological father had been served with the proceedings, but provided him to be contacted if possible before CJF’s death.
A copy of the decision can be found here