St Helens Borough Council v PE [2006] EWHC 3460 (Fam)

In cases involving the doctrine of necessity a declaration in the form of "it is lawful, being in [PE's] best interests..." is appropriate, as it is the best interests of the vulnerable adult which determine lawfulness; however, in other circumstances under the inherent jurisdiction a bare declaration in the form of "it is in [PE's] best interests..." is appropriate.

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E v Channel Four [2005] EWHC 1144 (Fam) (concerning PE)


Hearing date: 11 December 2006

Before: Munby J

Ms Jenni Richards (instructed by Peter Blackburn, Assistant Chief Executive (Legal & Administrative Services)) for the claimant

Mr David Wolfe (instructed by Leigh Day & Co) for the first defendant

Mr Paul Bowen (instructed by Miles and Partners) for the second defendant

Mr Stephen Knafler (instructed by Hempsons) for the interested party

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