“The supreme court, the highest court of appeal in the UK, is two years old. The Guardian’s legal affairs correspondent, Owen Bowcott, gained exclusive access to the court and questioned the justices about their decisions, their democratic credentials, and whether or not they represent modern British society.”
The Guardian, 25th October 2011
“A High Court test case has been launched to tackle the ‘biggest robbery’ from the pension payouts to British pensioners, unions have claimed. The head of Britain’s largest civil service union sets out the case against the change in pension indexation from the retail price index to the consumer price index.”
Daily Telegraph, 25th October 2011
“The need for a free press has been proved over and over again by the revelation of major public scandals which would not otherwise have come to light. The disclosure by the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian of dishonest expenses claims by members of parliament and the hacking of telephones and emails are two egregious examples.”
Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th October 2011
“Women could soon have the right to know whether a new partner has a history of domestic violence under proposed legislation announced by the home secretary, Theresa May. The Home Office has launched a consultation over how a national domestic violence disclosure scheme could work in practice following a campaign by the father of Clare Wood, who was strangled in 2009 by an ex-boyfriend she had met through Facebook.”
The Guardian, 25th October 2011
“Mr Justice Tugendhat has held that, with restrictions, The Times Newspapers Ltd (TNL) should be allowed to use information from leaked documents in its defence to a libel claim brought by the Metropolitan Police Service and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). However, proportionality limited the reach of this judgment to the next stage in the libel claim, after which reassessment may be necessary.”
UK Human Rights Blog, 25th October 2011
Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
High Court (Chancery Division)
High Court (Commercial Court)
“The largest fall in university applications in more than 30 years has seen the number of candidates applying to study law drop by a record 5.2 per cent, according to figures released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).”
The Lawyer, 25th October 2011
In February of this year the Inner Temple Library produced a revised edition of Transcripts of Judicial Proceedings in England and Wales: a guide to sources.
Since that edition was published a number of changes caused by the creation of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service, and of the new government web portal, Justice, have affected the currency of some of the content. The information in the Guide has been updated, and is now, as far as possible, correct as at 1 July 2011.
More information can be found here.
Regina (Independent Schools Council) v Charity Commission for England and Wales (National Council for Voluntary Organisations and another intervening); Attorney General v Charity Commission for England and Wales and another  UKUT 421 (TCC);  WLR (D) 301
“Guidance issued by the Charity Commission for England and Wales included errors of law in respect of the public benefit requirement contained in the Charities Act 2006 on independent schools which charged fees. Whether the public benefit requirement was satisfied depended on the facts of each case. The correct approach was to look at what a trustee, acting in the interests of the community as a whole, would do in all the circumstances of the particular school under consideration and to ask what provision ought to be made once the threshold of benefit going beyond the de minimis or token level had been met. There was no reason why the provision of scholarships or bursaries to students who could pay some, but not all, of the fees should not be seen as for the public benefit. Provided that the operation of the school was seen as being for the public benefit, with an appropriate level of benefit for the poor, a subsidy to the not so well off was to be taken account of in the public benefit.”
WLR Daily, 13th October 2011