Remote hearings come with particular difficulties. One obvious difficulty is that the parties cannot see each other as well as they might in the courtroom. But how much of a problem is this? If the demeanour of witnesses (or indeed parties) is relevant to an issue to be decided by the Court, then restrictions on […]
Samara Brackley discusses secure accommodation procedure after HHJ Lazarus’s judgment in Re O  EWFC B60 published this week. Secure accommodation applications and procedure continues to be an area at the forefront of criticism by both judges and practitioners alike. Applications are becoming more and more common as secure placements are used to protect children […]
A former police officer advised by Christopher Wilkins has obtained an interim High Court injunction restraining the BBC programme Panorama from broadcasting footage of him described by the judge as selective and very invasive. The judge found that he had shown a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to his genuine and sincere attempts to […]
Christopher Willkins has been successful in persuading the BBC to defer the broadcast of an episode of Panorama whilst it considers his client’s application for an injunction to restrain broadcast of “door stepping” footage contained in the episode which his client alleges breached his Article 8 ECHR rights to privacy and respect for family life.
There have been two recent important cases, Squier and Enemuwe, on the vexed question of the use that professional disciplinary panels are entitled to make of Court of Appeal judgments in related criminal cases. Squier must now be regarded as the leading authority on the issue. The Queen (on the application of Squier) v General […]
On 18th March 2015 the Supreme Court decision in R (on the application of SG and others (Appellants) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Respondent)  UKSC 16 was published. In a majority decision of 3-2 the government’s benefit cap policy was not overturned. Therefore what happens with the policy moving forward will […]