Tag: Legal profession

Unfinished business: the Qatari commercial dispute that landed a Cayman Islands Judge in conflict

This international commercial dispute gave rise to allegations of ‘unconscious bias’ on the part of a Judge of the Cayman Islands Grand Court. The resulting decision highlights that the perception of judicial independence is crucial.

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.

Immigration Tribunal can re-open regulator’s disciplinary findings

Did you know that the Immigration Tribunal can decide on disciplinary charges against rogue legal advisors? (Me neither). But a recent case sheds light on the Tribunal’s powers to disagree with the regulator and decide the matter for itself.

Immigration Judge hammered for “serious errors” in unprecedented decision

This Judges decisions were so bad that nobody really knows what he is talking about, or if he bothered to read the law or the papers. Upsetting when you think that in some cases, people’s lives depend on the outcome.

When does a flawed cross-examination result in a successful appeal?

Trial lawyers should note the Privy Council’s recent guidance on when Judges can disbelieve witnesses on the basis of facts not put to the witness in cross-examination.

Law Society to face negligence claim over its “Find a Solicitor” search engine

Over 1 million people a month use the Law Society’s “Find a Solicitor” tool. But who pays the price if one of those searches turns out to be wrong?

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.

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?

Sorry. Your Tribunal is running behind schedule. We hope it’ll be ready soon, but until then, you’ll just have to wait…

The massive backlog at the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal just got even bigger, according to recent government statistics.