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Colston Four cleared of criminal damage by jury

On Wednesday, four defendants charged with criminal damage for toppling the statue of the slaver, Edward Colston, in Bristol were acquitted by a jury. The statue was brought down and dumped in Bristol harbour during the course of a Black Lives Matter protest on 7 June 2020, held in the wake of the murder of […]

Kate Cook is co-author of the UNFAO legal guide “Building resilience to climate change and disaster risks for small-scale fisheries communities”

The publication explores the connections between fishery policies, climate change law and human rights arguing it is impossible to sustain fishers’ lives and communities without also sustaining their connections to rivers, lakes, and seas. Fishing communities are consistently exposed to the realities of climate change and disasters and under the duties of laid down in international […]

Important Council Tax case on test for a “self contained unit”

In Salisbury v Bunyan (LO) [2021] EWHC 3136 (Admin), Sir Ross Cranston rejected a taxpayer’s appeal that his family home was a single dwelling and upheld the decision of the Listing Officer that the building contained two self-contained units. He gave guidance on the test to be applied to determining whether a unit is “self-contained” […]

Two Matrix Members To Be Appointed Queen’s Counsel

Congratulations to Sara Mansoori and Zoë Leventhal who have been successful in their application to be appointed Queen’s Counsel. Sara Mansoori Sara practices in all areas of media and information law, including defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, data protection, freedom of information, harassment, and copyright.  Sara was awarded Defamation, Privacy and Data Protection Junior of the Year […]