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Month: June 2018

Karon Monaghan QC is Lawyer of the Week in The Times

Karon Monaghan QC has been featured as Lawyer of the Week in The Times. Karon acted for the plumber and heating engineer Gary Smith in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd & Anor v Smith [2018] UKSC 29. The Supreme Court upheld the decision of the court and tribunals below that Mr Smith was both a “worker” and, for the […]

Challenge to police use of automated facial recognition technology

Ed Bridges, a Cardiff resident, is launching a legal challenge against South Wales Police for using automated facial recognition (AFR). Mr Bridges believes he was scanned twice, once at a peaceful anti-arms protest and again while Christmas shopping in Cardiff. Surveillance cameras equipped with AFR software scan the faces of passers-by, making unique biometric maps […]

Court of Appeal declares Home Secretary breached duty to protect potential victims of trafficking under ECHR, art 4

In the first finding by a domestic court of a breach of the duty to protect potential victims of trafficking under ECHR, art 4 (“the protection duty”), the Court of Appeal declared that the Home Secretary violated the art 4 rights of a Vietnamese boy by releasing him from her custody without putting in place […]

Tennis ace Boris Becker asserts diplomatic immunity in the High Court

Ben Emmerson QC has been appointed to represent Boris Becker,  the tennis ace, who is asserting diplomatic immunity in the High Court. Becker, who is being sued for bankruptcy, has been appointed as sports attaché to the Central African Republic and is asserting diplomatic immunity against attempts to prolong and further enforce bankruptcy proceedings that […]