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Blog 2nd March 2021
Alice Scott

A short delay and the ‘just and equitable’ test

The Court of Appeal has provided important guidance in Adedeji on the exercise of the tribunal’s discretion to extend the period in which a claim for discrimination can be presented under s.123(1)(b) ERA. It also warned against treating the factors in s.33 Limitation Act as a checklist or rigid framework to reach a decision. A […]

News, Blog 28th September 2020
Jennifer Lee

John’s Campaign – Fighting for the Rights of Care Home Residents

John’s Campaign has been fighting for changes to the way our care homes operate since 2014, with the belief that carers should not just be allowed in, but should be welcomed. On September 9th, John’s Campaign launched a legal challenge against the Government’s guidance on care home visits during the coronavirus pandemic. Jennifer Lee, Co-Head […]

News 3rd September 2020

Paul Mertens promoted to Attorney General’s B Panel

We are pleased to announce Paul Merten’s successful promotion onto the Attorney General’s London B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown. His promotion is recognition of his considerable expertise in information rights (data protection, freedom of information, breach of confidence/privacy/Article 8). For further information on Paul’s practice please contact our clerks via our switchboard or email: […]

Webinar Archive 3rd September 2020

Prison & Parole Hearings in the Age of COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all areas of public life and has changed the way the legal professions work. The impact of the changes in prisons has been particularly acute for our clients and for practitioners in crime and civil alike. In Prison & Parole Hearings in the Age of COVID-19, the speakers explore the changes […]

Blog 23rd July 2020

Misuse of private information: A tort in its infancy

There has been an avalanche of commentary on the recent decision of the Supreme Court in WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12[1]. The case has provided some welcome guidance on vicarious liability in the wake of the earlier decision of Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc [2016] UKSC 11[2], and also […]

Blog 29th April 2020
Ezra MacDonald

Remote hearings and witness evidence

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 […]

Blog 12th October 2018

Secure accommodation – where are we now?

Samara Brackley discusses secure accommodation procedure after HHJ Lazarus’s judgment in Re O [2018] 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 […]

News 5th June 2018

Reasonable expectation of privacy

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 […]

News 24th April 2018

Christopher Wilkins successful in Article 8 argument

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.

Blog 2nd October 2015

Recent developments in disciplinary law

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 […]

Blog 24th March 2015

Mind the gap the problem with the benefits cap

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) [2015] 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 […]

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