In a recent case where a father sought contact with his daughter, he wanted to rely on his various covert recordings of conversations that he had had with a social worker, a Cafcass officer and a solicitor.

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, sitting in the Court of Appeal with King LJ, said that the recordings were relevant and admissible and it was a matter for the trial judge to decide what weight they should carry. He further added that “anyone seeking to rely on such material must…apply to the court for permission.’

Family solicitors

At Wrigley Claydon, we fight on your behalf to make this difficult time a little easier. We are experienced family solicitors and can assist you with the legal aspects of any family situation in which you may find yourself. We deal with our cases sensitively.

If you are looking for family advice then please call 0161 785 3521 to speak to Terri Pickup or Corinne Bailey-Brown in our Family Department or email or

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Terri Pickup

Having graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a law degree Terri spent many years garnering experience in her chosen speciality of family and matrimonial law. Terri’s expertise has benefited her numerous clients in all aspects of divorce and separation, including finances, arrangements concerning children and issues regarding domestic violence.