When a child in care applied for leave to change his surname, the court should allow for the age of the child applying the Gillick competence test, and the views of a guardian ad litem, and scrutinise carefully the motives of someone who sought to oppose the application.
Thorpe LJ, Mummery LJ
Gazette 13-Jan-1999, Times 29-Dec-1998,  EWCA Civ 1950
Children Act 1989 33 33(7)
England and Wales
Updated: 14 May 2021; Ref: scu.82161