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Grounds of referral – Fabricated & induced illness

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Our firm (principal Solicitor, Mark Allison) represented a father in respect of very serious grounds of referral before a Sheriff Court in the Highlands and Islands.  The allegations involved complex medical issues, including ones which suggested Fabricated and Induced Illness (sometimes referred to as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy).  The child had been accommodated on an emergency basis.  Through our effective representation of our client, we were able to, firstly, bring about the return of his young child to his sole care and, thereafter, to have his family (he, his wife, and all of their children) reunited to live in the household.  The Children’s Reporter eventually abandoned the case after it was shown that the allegations were false. 

We are also now representing both parents in connection with complex litigation arising out of those proceedings, including pursuing compensation from the Local Authority.  

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Livingstone Brown is a leading firm of Scottish solicitors. Based in Glasgow, but dealing with cases around the country, the firm has been at the forefront of legal service provision for over thirty years.

If you have a legal problem, getting good quality legal information at the earliest stage can be invaluable. The firm offers a free initial enquiry service; all you have to do is call in, telephone, or e-mail. You won't be charged for your enquiry; we'll let you know by return whether we can help, what we can do, and how much it's likely to cost. We can also offer legal aid where available.

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Led by former senior partner Gerard Brown CBE, who continues as a consultant, the firm has built up an enviable reputation for quality of service and client care.

The firm has won various awards over the years. In the 2019 edition of the prestigious Legal 500 rankings Livingstone Brown was ranked as a 'top-tier' firm for general criminal work, and is also recommended for fraud cases. Stuart Munro and Gerard Brown were named as 'Recommended Lawyers'. In the Chambers directory the firm has a Band 1 ranking for criminal work, and Stuart Munro is a ranked financial crime lawyer. The firm was named Criminal Defence Firm of the Year and Family Law Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards 2019.

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