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Detained Duty Advice Scheme held to be discriminatory towards detainees in prison

R (SM) v Bail for Immigration Detainees [2021] EWHC 418 (Admin)

Persons detained under Immigration Act powers in Immigration Removal Centres have access to legal advice under the Detained Duty Advice Scheme (“the DDAS”). The DDAS was established by the Lord Chancellor in exercise of his powers under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. Has the Lord Chancellor acted unlawfully by failing […]

High Court orders local authority to withdraw discriminatory charging policy

SH v Norfolk County Council [2020] EWHC 3426 (Admin)

SH has severe learning difficulties and physical disabilities associated with Down Syndrome. In a claim for judicial review, SH challenged the basis on which Norfolk County Council (“NCC”) calculated the charges she had to pay for Council-provided care. NCC introduced a new Charging Policy, which significantly reduced the minimum level of income (the “Minimum Income […]

Court finds systemic unlawfulness and disability discrimination in the asylum support accommodation system

R (DMA & Ors) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWHC 3416 (Admin)

The Home Office has been found to have failed to monitor contracts given to private companies to provide accommodation to asylum seekers, which has led to lengthy and systematic delays in the provision of accommodation to destitute and disabled people. In a judgment handed down today, Mr Justice Robin Knowles found that despite the importance […]

Challenge to coronavirus self-isolation restrictions dismissed

R (Francis) v The Secretary Of State For Health And Social Care [2020] EWHC 3287 (Admin)

In this case, the claimant contends that the Secretary of State had no power to impose the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No 1045) (“the Regulations”) which required any person notified of a positive test for coronavirus and close contacts of such persons to “self-isolate”. H seeks an order quashing […]

Divisional Court rules on children’s capacity to consent to puberty blocking treatment for gender dysphoria

R (on the application of) Quincy Bell and A v Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and others [2020] EWHC 3274 (Admin)

In a judicial review of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service’s (GIDS) practice of obtaining consent for administering puberty blockers to children with gender dysphoria, a Divisional Court of the High Court (The President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Lewis LJ and Lieven J) has ruled on the circumstances in […]