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Matrix Judgments & Commentary

Matrix’s Legal Support Service produce summaries of cases that involve Matrix members. 

Fitness to Practice Committee Panel Member was a worker

Nursing and Midwifery Council v Somerville UKEAT/0258/20/RN

The EAT held that mutuality of obligations, in the sense of an obligation to accept and perform some minimum amount of work, is not a prerequisite for worker status. Accordingly, the EAT upheld the ET’s finding that Mr Somerville, a panel member chair of its Fitness to Practice Committee, was a worker within the meaning of […]

Home Secretary unlawfully prevented Windrush victim’s family from joining her in UK, High Court rules

R (Mahabir) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] 1177

The High Court has today given judgment in R (Mahabir) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] 1177 (Admin). Under the scheme implemented to remedy the Windrush scandal, the Secretary of State granted the Claimant Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. However, the Claimant ’s husband and five children could only apply […]

Court of appeal finds remedies in unintentional indirect discrimination case compatible with EU law

Wisbey v Commissioner of the City of London Police & Anr [2021] EWCA Civ 650

The appellant is a police officer in the City of London Force (the first respondent in the proceedings before the Tribunal, and the respondent in this appeal).  He was an authorised firearms officer (“AFO”). Throughout his employment as a police officer he has had a form of defective colour vision which had no obvious effect […]

Supreme Court dismisses first ever extradition appeal concerning prison conditions in a requesting state

Zabolotnyi v The Mateszalka District Court, Hungary [2021] UKSC 14

The respondent, the Mateszalka District Court, Hungary, sought the extradition of the appellant, Mr Zabolotnyi, to Hungary pursuant to a European Arrest Warrant. In September 2017, the District Judge ordered Mr Zabolotnyi’s extradition to Hungary. Mr Zabolotnyi appealed to the High Court. During his extradition hearing, Mr Zabolotnyi had argued that he faced a real […]

Court of Appeal overturns convictions of Shrewsbury 24

Warren & Ors v R. [2021] EWCA Crim 413

The Court of Appeal has unanimously overturned the convictions of the ‘Shrewsbury 24’ after a referral to the Court by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. The appellants were charged with conspiracy to intimidate, unlawful assembly, and affray following the first national building workers’ strike in 1972. The convictions were appealed on two grounds of abuse […]