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Year: 2021

Court of Appeal gives judgment on polygamous marriages and bereavement benefits

The Court of Appeal’s decision in Secretary of State for Work & Pensions v Akhtar [2021] EWCA Civ 1353 gives detailed guidance on the interplay between polygamous marriages and bereavement benefits under social security legislation. The Court allowed the Secretary of State’s appeal, holding that the Respondent, Mrs Akhtar, the widow of a man who […]

Matrix expands public law team

Matrix is thrilled to welcome two new members to the public law team: Jesse Nicholls and Sarah Sackman. Sarah joined Matrix on Monday 6th September. Jesse will officially join Matrix in late-October and is currently on paternity leave until the end of January 2022. Matrix’s expertise in public law is wide-ranging with members regularly instructed […]

Child protection in religious organisations

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has today published its report on child protection in religious organisations and settings. Sarah Hannett QC, Alice de Coverley of 3 Paper Buildings and Katy Sheridan were involved on behalf of Ofsted. Useful link(s): The report is here. The Guardian BBC News