Category: Public law

What’s new in the 2017 Administrative Court guide on judicial reviews?

Claimants and Defendants in judicial review claims should be familiar with this new Court guide or they could face adverse costs consequences. In this post, Law mostly gives you a comparative analysis of the key changes from last year’s guide.

No wasted costs orders against HOPOs* in the Immigration Tribunal

A powerful legal weapon, the Wasted Costs Order, cannot be used against Home Office employees if they behave improperly in the Immigration Tribunal, limiting the ways in which the government and its employees can be held accountable for their conduct in Tribunal proceedings.

The Home Office held this LGBT woman in a ‘punishment room’ in breach of her human rights

The widespread use of ‘segregation’ to control persons detained by the Home Office is under the spotlight after a female asylum seeker won her court battle against the practice. A new Home Office policy has been published as a result.

Huge victory for workers as Employment Tribunal fees are quashed by the UK Supreme Court

In a stunning development, the UK Supreme Court has ruled that the government’s Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful and over £32 million in fees should now be paid back

Energy giant’s legal challenge to £21 million offshore tax bill fails

New UK government powers seek to hold corporations to account for hiding their profits in offshore tax havens. Now the High Court has rejected energy giant Glencore’s legal challenge against a Diverted Profits Tax bill.

This Immigration Judge’s decision was ‘infected’ by the appearance of bias

Allegations of bias are easily made but often harder to prove. A recent immigration case shows how such cases can succeed by applying well-established guidelines.

Inspectors condemn ‘unacceptable’ and ‘inhumane’ treatment of detainees at Heathrow Immigration Removal Centre

A report by independent inspectors appointed by the UK’s Minister for Immigration has made critical findings on the conditions for detainees at Heathrow removal centre

Commercial judicial review clarifies High Court’s power to grant permission to appeal

Public lawyers take note: the High Court has given its view on the power to grant permission to appeal following refusal of permission for judicial review after a hearing

Grenfell fire inquiry Judge engages, despite controversy over past judgment

Theresa May’s appointment of Sir Martin-Moore Bick to chair the inquiry into the tragic Grenfell fire has been criticised by some, but is such criticism justified?

The benefits cap on lone parents with children under two is unlawful

In a recent legal challenge, the UK government’s “benefit cap” has come under fire for unlawfully discriminating against lone parents with children under the age of two.