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High Court awards remedies in Data Protection Act claim

The High Court has awarded remedies for the breach of statutory duties imposed by the 1998 Data Protection Act. Orbis, an English company established by two British former public officials, produced the ‘Steele Dossier’ in 2016, which Buzzfeed News published in an online article. This made sixteen memoranda from the dossier accessible via link. The […]

High Court refuses permission to bring judicial review in comprehensive challenge to the lockdown Regulations

The claimants sought permission to bring judicial review proceedings to challenge the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (as amended) as well as the Government’s decision to close schools and educational establishments in response to the Coronavirus.

The High Court refused to grant permission for the judicial review challenge. It held that the claim brought against the original regulation 6 (which prohibited people in the UK from leaving home without reasonable excuse) and regulation 7 (which prohibited more than 2 people gathering in public) was academic. The Secretary of State had the legal power to make the Regulations and so was not beyond the power conferred by the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984. It was unarguable that the decision to make the Regulations and to impose the restrictions contained within them was in any way disproportionate to the aim of combatting the threat to public health posed by the virus. A number of the restrictions had since been removed or erased.

Former England Boxer brings test case to end immigration limbo for victims of modern slavery and wins 16 year battle to stay in the UK

The former England boxer Kelvin Bilal Fawaz has won his 16-year legal battle to live and work in the UK after the Home Office granted him leave to remain for 30 months following his test case aimed at ending immigration limbo for victims of modern slavery in the United Kingdom. Bilal was born in 1988 […]

Prof Christian Tams speaking at Paris’ first virtual arbitration week

Professor Christian Tams will be speaking at Paris Arbitration Week as part of a panel brought together by Eversheds Sutherland on the topic of ‘Finding the State: Foreign Investment and Disputed Territories, State Succession and Military Conflicts’. Speaking alongside Professor Nicolas Angelet and Professor Alina Miron, the panel will be looking at the way in […]