“Criminal suspects who have been arrested should not normally be named until they are charged, the Home Secretary has said.”
The Independent, 16th May 2013
“It was contrary to article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and consequently unlawful, for the Secretary of State for the Home Department to direct, as she had done through Code C of the Code of Practice under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (‘PACE Code C’), that 17-year-olds might be treated as adults when in police detention.”
WLR Daily, 25th April 2013
“Does the Chris Huhne affair have constitutional implications? In one sense, the answer to this question might be a rather obvious one. From a constitutional perspective – although certainly not from a political perspective – the case seems relatively uncontroversial.”
UK Constitutional Law Group, 25th March 2013
“Jack Straw served continuously on the Labour front-bench for 30 years- from November 1980 until October 2010.
He was a senior member of the Labour Cabinet for the whole period of the 1997-2000 Labour Government. He served successively as Home Secretary (1997-2001), Foreign Secretary (2001-2006), Leader of the Commons (2006-7), and then Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary (2007-2010).”
UCL Constitution Unit, 7th March 2013
Louise Christian, Senior Consultant and Head of Public Law, Christian Khan Solicitors
Inner Temple Reader’s Lecture Series, 18th February 2013
“The Home Secretary, Theresa May, is no stranger to ill-founded outbursts concerning the evils of human rights. Against that background, her recent article in the Mail on Sunday (to which Adam Wager has already drawn attention) does not disappoint. May’s ire is drawn by certain recent judicial decisions in which the deportation of foreign criminals has been ruled unlawful on the ground that it would breach their right to respect for private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Some of these judgments, May contends, flout instructions issued to judges by Parliament about how such cases should be decided.”
UK Human Rights Blog, 18th February 2013
“It had been unlawful for the Scottish Ministers to fail to make the necessary regulations defining a who was a ‘qualifying patient’ detained at a ‘qualifying hospital’ and thus entitled to apply for a declaration from the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland that he was a person detained under conditions of excessive security pursuant to section 268 of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 which came into force on 1 May 2006 pursuant to section 333(2) of that Act.”
WLR Daily, 28th November 2012
“There was no duty under article 2 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms on the Secretary of State to conduct an inquiry into deaths occurring before the Convention was adopted and the United Kingdom acceded to the Convention. Likewise because there was no common law right to an inquiry no duty arose under customary international humanitarian law.”
WLR Daily, 4th September 2012
“The Secretary of State’s duty to endeavour to trace the family members of an unaccompanied minor seeking asylum was not discharged by merely informing the child of the facilities of the Red Cross. A failure to discharge the duty might be relevant to judicial consideration of an asylum or humanitarian protection claim. Such failure might also be relevant to a consideration of the duty under section 55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009.”
WLR Daily, 25th July 2012
“The information commissioner has accused David Cameron and other members of the political establishment of launching a damaging attack on the Freedom of Information Act which he says is encouraging civil servants to obscure the government from proper scrutiny.”
The Guardian, 16th July 2012
“The Business Secretary will have the power to add or remove exceptions to copyright and add or remove exceptions to rights in performances through new laws that would not be subject to the full scrutiny of Parliament, under Government plans.”
OUT-LAW.com, 12th July 2012
“On the panel tonight – Kim Evans, commissioning editor of The Justice Gap and ex government lawyer Carl Gardner, author of the Head of Legal blog.
Tonight’s topics are varied and raise important issues for the law.
The Spectator contempt case, Hunt, Warsi, the ministerial code and the meaning of quasi-judicial, Richard Moorhead’s ‘Case for code’.”
Charon QC, 8th June 2012
“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.