A client was served with an action in the Court of Session seeking to enforce an English residency order to return her two sons to live with their father. Whilst the original order in England had been competently granted, the children were both mature and were very strongly objecting to returning to their father’s care in England. Although the court in Scotland did not have the power to review the merit of a substantive welfare decision made about the children by the English court, we took swift action and were able to present at short notice sufficient evidence to the Court of Session judge of the harmful impact on the children of being forced to return to England against their will, that the Scottish Court refused to grant the order the father sought. There was then an urgent review of the care orders in England which resulted in our client retaining of the children care and obtaining full residence.
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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.