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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.

Court clarifies approach in deciding whether someone is a victim of human trafficking

MN v The Secretary of State For The Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 1746

These two appeals both raise issues about the correct approach to deciding whether someone is a victim of human trafficking for the purpose of the process established under the so-called National Referral Mechanism (“the NRM”). We give more details of that process later, but in short the NRM provides for a two-stage identification procedure under […]

High Court orders local authority to withdraw discriminatory charging policy

SH v Norfolk County Council [2020] EWHC 3426 (Admin)

SH has severe learning difficulties and physical disabilities associated with Down Syndrome. In a claim for judicial review, SH challenged the basis on which Norfolk County Council (“NCC”) calculated the charges she had to pay for Council-provided care. NCC introduced a new Charging Policy, which significantly reduced the minimum level of income (the “Minimum Income […]

Convicted terrorists’ civil claim of mistreatment struck out for ‘collateral attack’ on earlier criminal proceedings

Ahmed v Director General of Security Service [2020] EWHC 3458 (QB)

On 18 December 2008 the claimant was convicted of a series of terrorist offences.  Those offences included directing a terrorist organisation contrary to s.56 of the Terrorism Act 2000, membership of a terrorist organisation contrary to s.11 of that Act, and possession of terrorist articles contrary to s.57.  The following day he was sentenced to […]

Supreme Court lifts ban on third runway at Heathrow

R (on the application of Friends of the Earth Ltd and others) v Heathrow Airport Ltd [2020] UKSC 52

The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed this appeal concerning whether the Secretary of State for Transport’s failure to take account of the UK’s climate change commitments under the Paris Agreement rendered the designation of the Airports National Policy Statement (“ANPS”) favouring the development of a third runway at Heathrow Airport unlawful. In June 2018, the […]