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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 […]

Supreme Court dismisses appeal concerning its role in governing the award of costs in lower courts

R (on the application of Gourlay) v Parole Board [2020] UKSC 50

The Supreme Court has dismissed this appeal concerning the application of the rule in  R (Davies) v Birmingham Deputy Coroner [2004] EWCA Civ 207, whereby courts and court-like bodies that do not actively engage in civil proceedings brought against them can avoid a costs liability. The appellants advanced a number of arguments concerning the inappropriateness of […]

Supreme Court holds that balance of probabilities is standard of proof for suicide inquest proceedings

R (on the application of Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] UKSC 46

James Maughan, the appellant’s brother, was a prisoner held in HMP Bullingdon. In July 2016, James Maughan was found hanging in his cell. He was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. At the subsequent inquest into his death, the respondent invited the jury to consider a narrative verdict to the effect that James Maughan committed suicide on […]