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Supreme Court upholds the decision to refuse Shamima Begum leave to enter the UK

Begum v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] UKSC 7

On 19 February 2019, the Home Secretary notified Ms Shamima Begum that he intended to deprive her of her British citizenship. (“the deprivation decision”) The stated reason for the decision was that Ms Begum is “a British/Bangladeshi dual national who it is assessed has previously travelled to Syria and aligned with ISIL”, and that “[i]t […]

Supreme Court gives judgment addressing liability of parent companies for damage caused by subsidiaries

Okpabi & Ors v Royal Dutch Shell Plc & Anor [2021] UKSC 3

The appellants appealed against the Court of Appeal’s majority decision that there was no arguable case that the first respondent (R1), a UK company, owed them a duty of care in relation to damage caused by oil spills along the Nigerian coastline. The spills caused widespread environmental damage and contamination. According to the appellants, they […]

Supreme Court decides that section 2(3) Criminal Justice Act 1987 cannot require foreigner to produce material held overseas

R (on the application of KBR, Inc) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office [2021] UKSC 2

KBR Inc is a parent company incorporated in the United States of America. KBR Inc does not have a fixed place of business in the UK, but it does have UK subsidiaries, including Kellogg Brown & Root Ltd (“KBR Ltd”). The Serious Fraud Office commenced a criminal investigation into, amongst others, KBR Ltd, concerning suspected […]

Supreme Court lifts ban on third runway at Heathrow

R (on the application of Friends of the Earth Ltd and others) v Heathrow Airport Ltd [2020] UKSC 52

The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed this appeal concerning whether the Secretary of State for Transport’s failure to take account of the UK’s climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement rendered the designation of the Airports National Policy Statement (“ANPS”) favouring the development of a third runway at Heathrow Airport unlawful. In June 2018, the […]