Matrix Judgments & Commentary

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

Investigatory Powers Tribunal declines to give general guidance on procedure for seeking statutory assistance from Investigatory Powers Commissioner

Privacy International & Others v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs & others [2021] UKIPTrib IPT_17_86_

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal considered the “IPCO issue” concerning the mechanisms that the Tribunal should use when it seeks statutory assistance from the Investigatory Powers Commissioner (IPC) under section 232(1) of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. The IPCO issue arose in the context of the proceedings Privacy International v Secretary of State for Foreign and […]

Northern Irish High Court rules that Omagh bombing could have been thwarted if police had received all available intelligence

Gallagher's (Michael) Application for Judicial Review and in the matter of a decision by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland made on 12th September 2013

The applicant persuaded the court that there are arguable grounds that there has been a breach of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the failure of authorities to act against the dissident republican terrorists involved in acts of terrorism in the months leading up to the Omagh bombing. The court directed […]

High Court rules on libel claim over Bitcoin tweets

Wright v McCormack [2021] EWHC 2671 (QB)

In a pre-trial review, the court ruled on the parties’ applications for permission to amend their statements of case, and the claimant’s application to strike out parts of the re-amended defence and of the Defendant’s witness statement for trial. This is a libel claim relating to fourteen tweets and a YouTube video produced in 2019 […]

Supreme Court holds that key provisions of the Scottish UNCRC Bill would be outside devolved competence

REFERENCE by the Attorney General and the Advocate General for Scotland – United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

The Supreme Court has today handed down its judgment on two important references concerning the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Parliament had passed two Bills containing provisions which sought to grant the Scottish courts extensive powers to interpret and scrutinise primary legislation passed by the UK Parliament, where this was incompatible with […]

Home Secretary failed to have proper regard to the communication need of asylum seekers in full board hotel accommodation, High Court declares

JM v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWHC 2514 (Admin)

The High Court gave a declaration that the Secretary of State for the Home Department failed to have proper regard to the communication need of asylum seekers being supported in full board hotel accommodation under s95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. The claim considered whether or not asylum seekers accommodated in hotels ought […]