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Matrix Judgments & Commentary

Matrix’s Legal Support Service produce summaries of cases that Matrix members are involved in, which you can find below. You can browse these through the search function on the right.

Supreme Court dismisses appeal concerning its role in governing the award of costs in lower courts

R (on the application of Gourlay) v Parole Board [2020] UKSC 50

The Supreme Court has dismissed this appeal concerning the application of the rule in  R (Davies) v Birmingham Deputy Coroner [2004] EWCA Civ 207, whereby courts and court-like bodies that do not actively engage in civil proceedings brought against them can avoid a costs liability. The appellants advanced a number of arguments concerning the inappropriateness of […]

Challenge to coronavirus self-isolation restrictions dismissed

R (Francis) v The Secretary Of State For Health And Social Care [2020] EWHC 3287 (Admin)

In this case, the claimant contends that the Secretary of State had no power to impose the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No 1045) (“the Regulations”) which required any person notified of a positive test for coronavirus and close contacts of such persons to “self-isolate”. H seeks an order quashing […]

Challenge to original “lockdown” Regulations dismissed by the Court of Appeal

R (On the Application Of) Dolan & Ors v Secretary of State for Health And Social Care & Anor [2020] EWCA Civ 1605

Mr Dolan sought judicial review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations (SI 2020/350) which gave effect to the “lockdown” in March 2020. Today, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment dismissing Mr Dolan’s appeal and refusing permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeal held that the Secretary of State […]

Divisional Court rules on children’s capacity to consent to puberty blocking treatment for gender dysphoria

R (on the application of) Quincy Bell and A v Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and others [2020] EWHC 3274 (Admin)

In a judicial review of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service’s (GIDS) practice of obtaining consent for administering puberty blockers to children with gender dysphoria, a Divisional Court of the High Court (The President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Lewis LJ and Lieven J) has ruled on the circumstances in […]

Covert surveillance can constitute harassment

Gerrard & Anor v (1) ENRC Ltd (2) Diligence International LLC [2020] EWHC 3241 (QB)

In these proceedings, the Claimants brought claims for breaches of data protection law, misuse of private information, harassment, and trespass arising from surveillance activities carried out on behalf of the First Defendant by various persons, including the Second Defendant. The proceedings form part of high profile litigation between Mr Gerrard, ENRC and others related to […]