Matrix Judgments & Commentary

Matrix’s Legal Support Service produce summaries of cases that involve Matrix members. 

High Court identifies gap in the law when the Crown Prosecution Service offer no evidence

R (Francis) v Director of Public Prosecutions [2024] EWHC 688 (Admin)

Last week Steyn J handed down judgment in R (Francis) v Director of Public Prosecutions [2024] EWHC 688 (Admin). Jesse Nicholls acted for the Claimant, Dean Francis. Mr Francis suffered very serious, potentially fatal injuries when he was driven into by a serving police officer, DS Harding, in 2018. Following investigation by the IOPC, DS Harding […]

High Court holds that Secretary of State ran an unlawful secret policy which frustrated the right of c.1500 confirmed victims of modern slavery to leave to remain

XY v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2024] EWHC 81 (Admin)

The High Court today held that the Home Office ran an unlawful, secret policy, applied to at least 1500 confirmed victims of modern slavery. Its effect was to frustrate their right to leave to remain following the landmark ruling in R (KTT) v SSHD (High Court [2022] 1 WLR 1312; Court of Appeal [2023] QB 351), which held that […]

High Court quashes ruling permitting Met Police to review journalist’s material

R (LXP) v (1) Central Criminal Court (2) Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [2023] EWHC 2824 (Admin) – Divisional Court quashes ruling permitting the Metropolitan Police to examine materials belonging to a journalist

In a judgment handed down on 10 November 2023, the Divisional Court (Macur LJ and Garnham J) has quashed a ruling of His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft KC, the Recorder of London, by which the Judge had made directions permitting the Metropolitan Police Service (“MPS”) to examine materials belonging to the Claimant which had been […]

Nicklin J refuses to dismiss ‘phone hacking’ privacy claims against Mail newspapers

Baroness Lawrence & ors v Associated Newspapers Ltd

On 10 November Nicklin J delivered judgment on two applications by ANL in these privacy claims. He dismissed ANL’s application that the claims were statute barred, ruling the limitation issues should go on to trial.  He granted ANL’s application that parts of the claimants’ particulars of claim that relied on ledgers disclosed by ANL to […]

EAT dismissed appeal in McAllister v Commissioners for Revenue and Customs

McAllister v Commissioners for Revenue and Customs [2023] ICR 483

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) (Eady P) handed down its judgment in McAllister v Commissioners for Revenue and Customs [2023] ICR 483, dismissing the claimant’s appeal and allowing the government department’s cross-appeal.  The case is of particular significance in confirming that, if a payment would not have been given at all but for a person’s disability, […]