TP in the media

The Transparency Project and its project group members are sometimes featured or mentioned in the media or legal publications. We’ve collected some examples here. The views expressed by individual project members in their capacity as individuals are not necessarily those of The Transparency Project.



Why are we still waiting for transparency in the family courts?, Lucy Reed, Guardian Online, 21 June 2016

The World Tonight (segment concerning the conviction of Ben Butler following death of Ellie Butler), Lucy Reed, BBC Radio 4, 22 June 2016

Family Keystone, Lucy Reed, Counsel Magazine, August 2016

‘I saw his fluffy little head going out the door’: one woman’s fight to keep her baby, Louise Tickle, Guardian, 20 February 2016

Splitting the Assets, BBC Radio 4, February 2016.

BASW: Social workers should allow parents to record conversations, British Association of Social Workers website, 17 December 2015

Family court transparency charity publishes guidance on parents recording meetings with social workers, Family Law Week, 17 December 2015

Parents who record child protection meetings: what social workers need to know, Community Care, 17 December 2015

Should parents be allowed to record child protection meetings?, Community Care, 10 December 2015

Sarah Phillimore / Louise Tickle : Why it’s easy to fall foul of our muddled child protection laws, The Guardian, 10 November 2015

Louise Tickle / Lucy Reed : ‘I have panic attacks when I see my ex’: fighting for custody after legal aid cuts, The Guardian, 7 November 2015

Lucy Reed : Why can’t we be clear about transparency in the Family Courts?, New Statesman, 17 September 2015

Lucy Reed : In child protection cases, healthy scepticism too often turns to dangerous distrust, New Statesman, 14 August 2015

Lucy Reed appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme on 16 June 2015 in her capacity as Chair of The Transparency Project. She talked about how the family court deals with disputes about children in the wake of the “Missing Mum” case.

Legal publications

Family Law Journal (Legalease)

Alice Twaite, Maintaining privacy – Alice Twaite discusses issues arising from new research on jigsaw identification, and wider concerns as to transparency in children cases, March 2016, Vol 154.

Family Law (Jordans)

J Doughty, New children law in Wales, Family Law (May 2016)

S Phillimore, Section 20 guidance, Family Law 46 (March 2016) 404-405

C Fenton-Glynn, Adoption targets, Family Law 46 (February 2016) 149

S Phillimore, Dealing with adopted chidren: Section 20, Family Law 46 (February 2016) 216-219

E Whewell, Family law session Family Law 46 (February 2016) 233-237

Press Reporting of Care Proceedings, [2016] Fam Law 72, L Tickle & L Reed (relates to Tickle v The Council of the Borough of North Tyneside [2015] EWHC 2991 (Fam))

L Reed, Parents recording meetings with social workers, Family Law December [2015] Fam Law 1515.

Vol 45(11)
L Tickle, ‘Sleepless nights reporting the family courts’ 1304-1307

Vol 45(10)
P Magrath and S Phillimore, ‘The transparency paradox: open justice versus closed minds’ 1237-1241
S Phillimore, ‘Collective responsibility’ 1264-1267

Vol 45(9)a
S Phillimore, ‘Is the child protection system fit for purpose?’ 1136-1140

Vol 45(6)
J Doughty, ‘Transparency in the Court of Protection 727-729

Vol 45(4)
P Magrath, S Phillimore and J Doughty, ‘Transparency: the strange case of the judge with no name’ 422-425

Vol 45(1)
L Reed, ‘The transparency consultation: a bloggers’ response’ 82 – 84

Jordans website

Family court transparency charity publishes guidance on parents recording meetings with social workers, Family Law, 17 December 2015

A Day in the Life of … Lucy Reed, November 2015

S Phillimore, ‘Is the child protection system fit for purpose?’, June 2015

Counsel magazine

Lucy Reed : Blogger profile – Pink Tape, October 2015

Part time pupillage – making it work
, November 2015


Personal blogs and other websites

Several of the members of the project group run their own personal blogs / websites or can be found elsewhere on the internet. Again, the material on these sites do not necessarily reflect the work of The Transparency Project :

Andrew Pack : Suesspicious Minds

Lucy Reed : Pink Tape, New Statesman

Sarah Phillimore : Child Protection Resource

Paul Magrath : ICLR Blog

Louise Tickle :, The Guardian

Julie Doughty : Children’s social care law in Wales