J v B (Ultra-Orthodox Judaism: Transgender)
Sara Mann acted for a transgender parent who was seeking contact to her five children after leaving her family and their Charedi Jewish community to live as a woman.
Jane Walker acted for the children.
At the family court in Manchester, Mr Justice Peter Jackson ruled that contact may result in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community ostracising the family. He commented:
“Weighing up the profound consequences for the children’s welfare of ordering or not ordering direct contact with their father, I have reached the unwelcome conclusion that the likelihood of the children and their mother being marginalised or excluded by the ultra-Orthodox community is so real, and the consequences so great, that this one factor, despite its many disadvantages, must prevail over the many advantages of contact.”