The High Court has today handed down a judgment requiring the Home Office to do more to hold an effective inquiry into abuses at Brook House, an immigration removal centre near Gatwick airport, in 2017. BBC Panorama revealed the abuses in a programme in September 2017. The Home Office immediately described them as “appalling” and […]
In an important judgment for freedom of expression, the Supreme Court has held that the serious harm test in s.1 of the Defamation Act 2013 has significantly raised the threshold for all defamation claims and requires proof of serious harm to reputation as a matter of fact. Lord Sumption’s judgment, adopted unanimously by the Court, […]
Defamation claims in 2018 up by 70%, the highest number for nine years, will Lachaux reverse the trend?
In advance of tomorrow’s eagerly awaited Supreme Court “serious harm” decision in Lachaux v Independent Print, the 2018 Judicial Statistics show, for the second year running, a substantial increase in the number of issued defamation claims. These are up by 70% on 2017. In 2018 there were 265 defamation claims issued in London (where the large […]
Matrix’s Karon Monaghan QC and team in landmark win in discrimination case before Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal
The Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal handed down judgment today [6 June 2019] in a case brought by Hong Kong civil servant Mr Angus Leung. Mr Leung, who is in a same sex marriage, was seeking equivalent benefits to those afforded to (opposite sex) couples whose marriages are recognised in Hong Kong. In 2014, […]
Matrix Chambers’ extradition law specialist Mark Summers QC speaks with Hong Kong Bar Association Chair Philip Dykes SC, Professor Ian Greville Cross SBS, SC and Sir Geoffrey Nice QC at the Centre for Comparative and Public Law’s Extradition Law and Human Rights: Does the Hong Kong Government’s Bill provide sufficient safeguard for our rights? conference on […]