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08 JUL 2010

VULNERABLE ADULT: Re HM (Adult); PM v KH (No 3) [2010] EWHC 1579 (Fam)

(Family Division; Munby LJ sitting as a judge of the Family Division; 24 June 2010)

While a placement order was being drafted the father retained the vulnerable adult, then when the final version of the order was sent to the parties, the father removed the adult to Israel, in breach of the order. A series of court orders were made to ensure that the father returned with the adult. Proceedings were initiated in Israel and the Israeli authorities permitted the mother to return to England with the adult.

This was a final judgment in the case explaining the reasons for various further orders. The adult is to be placed in specified residential home. Injunctions were made against the father to control his behaviour. The father's funds were unblocked, although funds held by another individual were left blocked to protect costs claims. There were general directions dealing with disclosure, committal application, costs applications, to direct the Official Solicitor to provide account of funds, as well as further applications by the father.

The injunctions against the father interfered to a significant extent with the father's relationship with the vulnerable adult. They were justified because it was necessary to enable the adult to become settled following a massive disruption, and to ensure her safety.

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