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HS2 protesters who tunnelled under Euston Square Gardens acquitted

Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court this week dismissed charges of aggravated trespass against a number of protesters arising from their protest at Euston Square Gardens. The protesters dug a 100ft tunnel network under Euston Square Gardens, which they occupied for a total of 31 days in January and February of this year. They were protesting in […]

City of London rejects tower which threatened future of Britain’s Oldest Synagogue

Sarah Sackman appeared on behalf of the Bevis Marks synagogue at the City of London’s Planning Committee to oppose a 48 storey office tower which threatened to overshadow the 320 year old, Grade I listed place of worship. The proposed tower would have taken the synagogue’s light and harmed its historic setting. The development proposal […]

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

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 […]

Moldovan extradition request rejected due to dangerous prisons

Florence Iveson, instructed by Lloyds PR solicitors, succeeded in preventing her client’s extradition to Moldova today following a contested extradition hearing.  After hearing evidence from 2 experts on prison conditions, the judge ruled that an improved assurance, offered following Tabuncic v Moldova [2021] EWHC 1269 (Admin), was still not sufficient to protect the requested person’s […]

Gavin Millar QC contributes to “Pandora Papers: Political Donors Exposed”

Gavin Millar QC contributed to last night’s BBC Panorama “Pandora Papers: Political Donors Exposed”. The programme drew on documentation about major donors to the Conservative Party contained in a leaked cache of documents from companies that create offshore companies and trusts. It raised questions about the sources of their wealth, the appropriateness of their donations […]