Door open for UK Supreme Court to review the principles of unlawful detention claims

Can a foreign national be lawfully detained even though the decision to remove them from the UK is unlawful? Bizarrely, yes. However, a new case from the Court of Appeal suggests that the UK Supreme Court may need to review this state of affairs.

Like pizza? Good. Registered a trademark? Check it’s still valid after this major intellectual property case

This pathbreaking Court of Appeal case has shaken the stability of the system of registered trademarks used across the UK. Businesses are advised to check on the status of their trademarks to avoid nasty surprises, writes Shyam Thakerar, trainee at 36 Civil.

These 3 words can help combat rising inequality: Universal Basic Income

Authorities in Scotland and Finland are to trial a radical new social experiment by giving free money to everyone. But what is Universal Basic Income? Read an introduction to the concept and the key arguments on both sides of the emerging debate. Shyam Thakerar, trainee with 36 Civil writes.

My Q&A for LexisNexis on Glencore’s legal challenge to £21 million tax bill

New UK government powers seek to hold corporations to account for hiding their profits in offshore tax havens. The Court of Appeal has rejected energy giant Glencore’s legal challenge against a £21 million tax bill.

Home Office discriminated against mentally ill detainee in breach of duty to make reasonable adjustments

This Court of Appeal case shows that thinking outside the box and utilising discrimination legislation can help to address gaps in government policy and procedure.

Happy 2nd anniversary Law, mostly!

It’s time to celebrate! The last 2 years have been quite a ride and I’m looking forward to utilising the blog differently this year. Thanks for making it a great place to be.

Should Judges recuse themselves if they practise in the same chambers as a barrister in the case?

Allegations of bias against Judges are treated with healthy scepticism. But litigators should be alert to complications that can arise when Judges have links to the lawyers in a case. In a recent commercial dispute, the Court of Appeal discussed the right approach to secure fairness and justice.

International students win right to challenge accusations of cheating in the UK

This Court of Appeal judgment affects thousands of international students accused of cheating in English language tests. While it strengthens the right to challenge the Home Office, the fallout is likely to be long-lasting and complicated.

BREAKING: Families of EU Nationals Win Court Battle for Right of Appeal

In a significant blow to the Home Office, the Court of Appeal has found that relatives of EEA nationals were wrongly denied the right of appeal to the immigration tribunal. An important step forward for protecting citizens rights in the UK.

New settled status for EU citizens in the UK (somewhat) clarified

A cautious welcome is appropriate to the government’s new documents on #citizensrights of the 3 million EU nationals in the UK. It remains to be seen how the new system will live up to aspirations.