Court: Queen's Bench Division (Divisional Court)

Court of Appeal dismisses Heathrow Airport Ltd’s applications for judicial review over VAT reclaim schemes

Heathrow Airport Ltd & Ors v Her Majesty's Treasury [2021] EWCA Civ 783

The Court of Appeal (also constituted as the Divisional Court) has dismissed applications for judicial review brought by Heathrow Airport Ltd and a number of other parties regarding the abolition following the expiry of Brexit transitional period of two VAT reclaim/exemption schemes, the VAT Retail Export Scheme and Extra Statutory Concession 9.1. The schemes were […]

High Court decides applicable law in claim against UK Government concerning claimant detained in CIA ‘black sites’

Husayn (Zubaydah) v The Foreign And Commonwealth Office & Ors [2021] EWHC 331 (QB)

The claimant is suing for damages for alleged torts committed by the UK Government.  A declaration under s.6 of the Justice and Security Act 2013 that these were proceedings where there could be closed material was made by consent. The claimant is held by the United States as a detainee in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He […]

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 […]

Appeal against extradition to Republic of Ireland dismissed by High Court

Jess v High Court, Ireland [2020] EWHC 3134 (Admin)

This case concerns an appeal against an extradition order made in respect of a European Arrest Warrant, specifically an accusation warrant, containing an allegation of attempted robbery said to have taken place in the Republic of Ireland in March 2015. The Warrant alleges that the appellant was one of two men who tried to rob […]

Defendant sentenced to 16 months after persistent harassment of Judge

Oliver v Shaikh [2020] EWHC 2658 (QB)

This hearing considered a penalty for contempt of court hearing in the ongoing proceedings of Oliver v Shaikh [2020] EWHC 2658 (QB). The court considered the Defendant’s culpability for the breaches of the Order of 10 December 2019 not to write defamatory statements about the Claimant on websites, to be extremely high.  The breaches began […]