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High Court hands down judgment following judicial review in £1/2bn international fraud investigation

The High Court has today handed down judgment refusing claims for judicial review brought by MCML Ltd, a substantial financial institution previously known as ED&F Man, and the former head of its equity trading desk. The claimants challenged search warrants…

High Court hands down judgment following judicial review in £1/2bn international fraud investigation

UK Covid-19 Inquiry

The opening module of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry begins today. Chaired by Baroness Hallet, the Inquiry has been set up to examine the UK’s preparedness for and response to the pandemic, and to learn lessons for the future.   Andrew…


High Court declares unpublished NHS debt detention policy to be unlawful

The High Court has handed down judgment allowing a claim for judicial review challenging the Home Office’s policy to stop and detain all passengers owing debts to the NHS when seeking entry at the border. The policy – which was…


Divisional Court declares MoJ changes to Parole Board Rules and guidance unlawful

The High Court today upheld a claim for judicial review challenging decisions by the Secretary of State for Justice to amend the Parole Board Rules and to issue guidance about the effect of the amendment.  The rule change, which was…


High Court gives judgment in high-profile case brought by prominent Afghan BBC journalists

The High Court today handed down judgment in high-profile judicial review claims brought by eight former BBC journalists against the refusal to relocate them and their families to the UK under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (“ARAP”).  The High…


Landmark judgment finds British-born children of EU nationals are not British citizens

The High Court today handed down a landmark judgment refusing a judicial review claim arguing that EU citizens exercising Treaty rights in the UK were “settled” for the purposes of the British Nationality Act 1981.  As a result, as a…

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Inquests following fatal bug outbreak at Royal Papworth Hospital conclude

The inquests into two deaths following an outbreak of a waterborne pathogen at a world-leading transplant centre concluded today. The deaths, at the newly-opened Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, followed infection by a form of bacteria previously unknown to have…


High Court refuses Afghanistan evacuation judicial review challenge

The High Court today handed down judgment in the claims brought by “KA” and 6 other claimants against decisions of the Home, Foreign and Defence Secretaries relating to the evacuation of Afghanistan in summer 2021 and policies relating to those…


Divisional Court gives guidance on Parole Board statutory release test

The High Court today handed down judgment in judicial review proceedings concerning the Parole Board’s decision to direct the early release of Leslie Johnson, a serial child abuser who had been sentenced to an extended determinate sentence.  Nicholas Chapman appeared…


Grenfell Tower Inquiry

The Inquiry is currently hearing evidence for Module 4, examining the actions of Central Government, Local Government and the Tenant Management Organisation in the immediate aftermath of the fire. Zeenat Islam is Junior Counsel to the Inquiry, leading on the…





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