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Labour party disciplinary process for antisemitism complaints adhere to natural justice

Neslen v Evans [2021] EWHC 1909 (QB)

In this case the Claimants sought to impugn the Party’s disciplinary process used to investigate antisemitism complaints. The Claimants, who were all members of the Labour Party subject to allegations of antisemitism or misconduct, sought declarations that the Party’s disciplinary process was unfair and in breach of contract on the basis that: The Party had […]

High Court refuses to strike out claims brought by more than 7,000 Malawian farmers against British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco

Josiya & Ors v British American Tobacco Plc & Ors [2021] EWHC 1743 (QB)

In this case the High Court rejected an application to strike out claims brought by more than 7,000 impoverished farmers from Malawi against the British American Tobacco Group and the Imperial Tobacco Group. The claimants are all Malawian citizens who lived and worked on tobacco farms in Malawi. They have brought claims in tort and […]

Liverpool Lord Mayor fails in application to be put on Labour Party shortlist

Rothery v Evans [2021] EWHC 577 (QB)

An urgent application was made to the High Court by the Labour Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Ann Rothery, for a mandatory injunction. The order would have required her Party to shortlist her for selection as its candidate in the Liverpool City Region mayoral election on 6 May. Ms Rothery had been on an earlier shortlist […]

Labour Party successful in defending application brought by Jeremy Corbyn MP

Corbyn v Evans [2021] EWHC 130 (QB)

The High Court has handed down judgment in an application for pre-action disclosure brought by the former Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP, against The Labour Party. The case arose from Mr Corbyn’s suspension from The Labour Party and, subsequently, his suspension from the Parliamentary Labour Party. Mr Corbyn sought early disclosure of documents […]

Convicted terrorists’ civil claim of mistreatment struck out for ‘collateral attack’ on earlier criminal proceedings

Ahmed v Director General of Security Service [2020] EWHC 3458 (QB)

On 18 December 2008 the claimant was convicted of a series of terrorist offences.  Those offences included directing a terrorist organisation contrary to s.56 of the Terrorism Act 2000, membership of a terrorist organisation contrary to s.11 of that Act, and possession of terrorist articles contrary to s.57.  The following day he was sentenced to […]