Court: Queen’s Bench Division (Administrative Court)

Powers to safeguard children in need could be exercised outside local authority area when the child was outside of the area

R (J) v Worcestershire County Council [2013] EWHC 3845 (Admin)

The powers under the Children Act 1989, s 17(1) were capable of being exercised outside the area of the local authority and at a time when the child himself was outside that area. S 17 conferred a broad general duty and there was no evidence that Parliament intended to restrict the provisions.

Successful appeal against an order for disclosure of documents to the Inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko.

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs v Assistant Deputy Coroner for Inner North London [2013] EWHC 3724 (Admin)

A public interest immunity ruling was quashed as the defendant did not explain the reasoning which drove him to his decision and there was a real risk of damage to national security. The defendant should have reconsidered his first decision in light of his subsequent ones and assessed whether the prejudice created by non-disclosure outweighed the real risk to national security.