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Supreme Court holds ‘two child limit’ on child benefit is compatible with ECHR

R (on the application of SC, CB and 8 children) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Ors [2021] UKSC 26

The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 imposed a limit of two on the number of children in respect of whom child tax credit (and its replacement, universal credit) is payable. The limit applies, with a few exceptions, to all children born after 6 April 2017, when the new law came into force. The Appellants […]

Protestors’ charges for deliberately obstructive conduct dismissed, by Supreme Court as protected by ECHR

Director of Public Prosecutions v Ziegler and Ors [2021] UKSC 23

In this case the Supreme Court decided on two issues: is deliberate physically obstructive conduct by protesters capable of constituting a lawful excuse for the purposes of s.137 of the Highways Act 1980?; and what is the test to be applied by an appellate court to an assessment of the decision of the trial court […]

Supreme Court dismisses first ever extradition appeal concerning prison conditions in a requesting state

Zabolotnyi v The Mateszalka District Court, Hungary [2021] UKSC 14

The respondent, the Mateszalka District Court, Hungary, sought the extradition of the appellant, Mr Zabolotnyi, to Hungary pursuant to a European Arrest Warrant. In September 2017, the District Judge ordered Mr Zabolotnyi’s extradition to Hungary. Mr Zabolotnyi appealed to the High Court. During his extradition hearing, Mr Zabolotnyi had argued that he faced a real […]

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 […]