Andrew Pack

Care Lawyer

Andrew Pack is a care lawyer at Brighton and Hove City Council and their in-house advocate. He has also represented parents in care proceedings.

He is the creator and author of the Suesspicious Minds child law blog, which deals with public law, private law, social work, serious case reviews and Court of Protection cases.

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A Day in the Life of ... Andrew Pack (care lawyer) 07 SEP 2016

A Day in the Life of ... Andrew Pack (care lawyer)

What is your position and what do you do on a day-to-day basis? I am a care lawyer for Brighton...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Taking the mayonnaise out of the sandwich – what might happen if the Human Rights Act is revoked? 02 JUN 2015

View from the Foot of the Tower: Taking the mayonnaise out of the sandwich – what might happen if the Human Rights Act is revoked?

Without getting too party political in this piece, it is the policy of this current Government...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Horse-trading and threshold concessions 07 MAY 2015

View from the Foot of the Tower: Horse-trading and threshold concessions

Rather like the last piece, there’s something of a similarity between politics and negotiations...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Manifestos and Care Plans 10 APR 2015

View from the Foot of the Tower: Manifestos and Care Plans

As the country is in the grip of what I couldn't really describe as 'Election Fever' but...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Nothing speaks for itself 24 MAR 2015

View from the Foot of the Tower: Nothing speaks for itself

The immortal Peter Cook once observed 'I could have been a Judge, but I never had the Latin for...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Parental orders and Goldilocks 23 FEB 2015

View from the Foot of the Tower: Parental orders and Goldilocks

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 set up provisions for people who have entered...

View from the Foot of the Tower: If I was a sculptor, but then again no 11 FEB 2015

View from the Foot of the Tower: If I was a sculptor, but then again no

As you might have detected, the author of this piece likes case law – perhaps to a point which...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Largely illusory – leave to oppose adoption 03 FEB 2015

View from the Foot of the Tower: Largely illusory – leave to oppose adoption

It is easy to forget, 18 months on, that Re B-S (Adoption: Application of s 47(5)) [2013] EWCA...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Two steps forward, two steps back 17 DEC 2014

View from the Foot of the Tower: Two steps forward, two steps back

Following the recent batch of Court of Appeal authorities, which may or may not have...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Three important adoption decisions 24 NOV 2014

View from the Foot of the Tower: Three important adoption decisions

The Court of Appeal are still working their way through the backlog of appeals that were...

View from the Foot of the Tower: The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth 13 OCT 2014

View from the Foot of the Tower: The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth

On my blog recently there has been a discussion about whether a court should give greater weight...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Stemming the tide 15 SEP 2014

View from the Foot of the Tower: Stemming the tide

There have been some very complex and ethically difficult cases arising from artificial...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Adoptions outside of care proceedings 27 AUG 2014

View from the Foot of the Tower: Adoptions outside of care proceedings

As practitioners will know, the legal test for the court making a Placement Order (and...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Relatives, culture and cultural relativism 15 AUG 2014

View from the Foot of the Tower: Relatives, culture and cultural relativism

Our society has become increasingly multi-cultural in recent decades, and places that seemed...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Witness Template – Truth Serum style 23 JUL 2014

View from the Foot of the Tower: Witness Template – Truth Serum style

Caveat – of course 99% of advocates don’t think like this, and there is no such thing as a...

View from the Foot of the Tower: The Cobra Effect 09 JUL 2014

View from the Foot of the Tower: The Cobra Effect

The Cobra Effect is not that phenomenon where you find yourself ordering more poppadoms than...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Miranda warnings and care proceedings 25 JUN 2014

View from the Foot of the Tower: Miranda warnings and care proceedings

There are two legal authorities from America that most people have heard of – Roe v Wade...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Sharing our bewilderments 04 JUN 2014

View from the Foot of the Tower: Sharing our bewilderments

'We had better share our bewilderments. By hiding them from each other we should not hide...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Split hearings - the beginning of the end, or the end of the middle? 23 MAY 2014

View from the Foot of the Tower: Split hearings - the beginning of the end, or the end of the middle?

The Court of Appeal have given two judgments in 2014 which indicate something of a sea-change...

View from the Foot of the Tower: Bannister, Bugatti and improved performance 09 MAY 2014

View from the Foot of the Tower: Bannister, Bugatti and improved performance

Sixty years ago, Roger Bannister ran the first sub four minute mile, doing something that...

View from the foot of the Tower: Just the facts, ma’am 05 MAR 2014

View from the foot of the Tower: Just the facts, ma’am

The High Court has ruled, in the case of Re NL (Appeal: Interim Care Report: Facts and Reasons)...

View from the foot of the Tower: Elephants and Barbara Streisand 20 FEB 2014

View from the foot of the Tower: Elephants and Barbara Streisand

In 2003, Barbara Streisand wanted to stop publication of photographs of her Malibu residence and...