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Matrix Judgments & Commentary

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Court dismisses deprivation of liberty claim by prisoner on home detention curfew recalled to prison

Whiston, R (on the application of) [2014] UKSC 39

On appeal from: [2012] EWCA Civ 1374  The appellant was released from prison on a home detention curfew, and then recalled to prison under the Criminal Justice Act 2003, s 255. He sought to claim this was a deprivation of liberty under ECHR, art 5(4). The Court held that under Strasbourg jurisprudence where a person was […]

Court does not accept that there was any legitimate public interest entitling Met Police maintain the stance of NCND for undercover officers

Dil & Ors v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2014] EWHC 2184 (QB)

The claimants sought damages for deceit, assault, misfeasance in public office and negligence arising out of long term sexual relationships which they had with four men, who they allege were undercover police officers acting under the direction and control of the defendant. There is a very strong public interest in protecting the anonymity of informers […]

Challenge to London Fire Brigade cuts

London Boroughs v The Mayor of London & Ors [2013] EWHC 4142 (Admin)

Application for judicial review of the decision to adopt London Safety Plan 5. The information used in the modelling process was perfectly rational. The actual influence of the egalitarian approach on the Plan was less potent than the claimant’s contended. The influence of the Commissioner could not be fairly described as irrational. The claim was dismissed.

Secretary of State took account of prospect of severe accident when granting order for nuclear power station

R (An Taisce) v Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change & Ors [2013] EWHC 4161

Application to seek permission to apply for judicial review of a development consent order for a new nuclear power station. Held: Directive 2011/92/EU should be interpreted as a whole to give it consistent effect and sensible meaning. There was a sound, reasoned and rational basis for the Secretary of State to come to his decision. The evidence showed that the Secretary of State did take into account the prospect of a severe accident.