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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 upholds the decision to refuse Shamima Begum leave to enter the UK

Begum v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] UKSC 7

On 19 February 2019, the Home Secretary notified Ms Shamima Begum that he intended to deprive her of her British citizenship. (“the deprivation decision”) The stated reason for the decision was that Ms Begum is “a British/Bangladeshi dual national who it is assessed has previously travelled to Syria and aligned with ISIL”, and that “[i]t […]

Detained Duty Advice Scheme held to be discriminatory towards detainees in prison

R (SM) v Bail for Immigration Detainees [2021] EWHC 418 (Admin)

Persons detained under Immigration Act powers in Immigration Removal Centres have access to legal advice under the Detained Duty Advice Scheme (“the DDAS”). The DDAS was established by the Lord Chancellor in exercise of his powers under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. Has the Lord Chancellor acted unlawfully by failing […]

High Court decides applicable law in claim against UK Government concerning claimant detained in CIA ‘black sites’

Husayn (Zubaydah) v The Foreign And Commonwealth Office & Ors [2021] EWHC 331 (QB)

The claimant is suing for damages for alleged torts committed by the UK Government.  A declaration under s.6 of the Justice and Security Act 2013 that these were proceedings where there could be closed material was made by consent. The claimant is held by the United States as a detainee in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He […]

High Court determines meaning of “Challenging Hateful Extremism” report, in libel claim.

Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin v Secretary of State For The Home Department [2021] EWHC 269 (QB)

This is a libel action, coupled with a data protection claim. The Claimant is a British citizen, originally from Bangladesh (at that time East Pakistan), who is a senior and prominent member of the Muslim community in the UK and who helped to set up the Muslim Council of Britain and served as the vice […]

Supreme Court gives judgment addressing liability of parent companies for damage caused by subsidiaries

Okpabi & Ors v Royal Dutch Shell Plc & Anor [2021] UKSC 3

The appellants appealed against the Court of Appeal’s majority decision that there was no arguable case that the first respondent (R1), a UK company, owed them a duty of care in relation to damage caused by oil spills along the Nigerian coastline. The spills caused widespread environmental damage and contamination. According to the appellants, they […]