Saudi prince wins High Court battle against £20m payout to late king’s ‘secret wife’ – The Independent

Posted June 17th, 2016 in appeals, barristers, bias, judiciary, married persons, news, Saudi Arabia by tracey

‘The son of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has won an appeal against a multi-million-pound award handed to his father’s “secret wife”. Palestinian-born Janan Harb, won a package of cash and property worth more than £20m last November. Judge Peter Smith, sitting at London’s High Court, accepted her assertions that Prince Abdul Aziz, had agreed to the huge payout. But lawyers for the prince later asked Court of Appeal judges to quash the “unsustainable” award.’

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The Independent, 16th June 2017


Singh v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

Posted June 8th, 2016 in appeals, bias, law reports, professional conduct, tribunals by sally

Singh v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 492

‘When a party seeks to appeal to the Upper Tribunal on the grounds that there had been bias or misconduct on the part of the First-tier Tribunal, the following guidance should be followed. (1) Any application for permission to appeal, if based (in whole or part) on such a ground, should be closely scrutinised. Such an allegation, if to be sufficient to merit the grant of permission at all, should ordinarily be expected to be properly particularised and appropriately evidenced. (2) If an allegation of bias or misconduct is raised which is adjudged sufficient to merit the grant of permission to appeal then it should be normal practice for the Upper Tribunal thereafter to obtain the written comments of the judge concerned. (3) Such written comments of the judge, where obtained, should be provided to the parties for the purposes of the appeal hearing in the Upper Tribunal. In addition, any such written comments should be retained on the file pending any possible further appeal to the Court of Appeal. (4) There may be some cases where it may be necessary to obtain the tribunal judge’s own note or record of the entire hearing since proceedings in the First-tier Tribunal are not ordinarily recorded and no transcript of the hearing will be available. (5) It will normally be likely to be of assistance to the Upper Tribunal to know what the advocate for the respondent has to say as to what happened or what was said before the First-tier Tribunal. Providing such observations is more likely to help produce a fuller and accurate picture of what actually happened or was said in the First-tier Tribunal. Where the advocate does not have a precise note or recollection, the Upper Tribunal can be told. (6) Whether oral evidence is needed at the hearing of the appeal on the issue of what happened or what was said below should be carefully considered by the parties. (7) It is likely to be important in appeals of this nature for the file to be reviewed and any directions given by an Upper Tribunal judge in good time before the substantive appeal hearing (para 53).’

WLR Daily, 27th May 2016


High Court rejects Barnett’s appeal against strike-off – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has rejected an appeal by Richard Barnett, senior partner of collapsed conveyancing firm Barnetts, against his striking-off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 19th May 2016


Teaching human rights in schools: ‘Who am I to say that democracy is the right way? – OUP Blog

Posted April 4th, 2016 in bias, education, human rights, media, news, school children, teachers by sally

‘“What could very easily happen with teaching about human rights is indoctrination…so let’s say someone says that racism isn’t wrong. Okay, so what would happen is that ‘racism is wrong. You have to learn it’. That’s the way it would be taught… Actually, I think a debate around that is needed, because I don’t think you can say that intrinsically racism is wrong. You can say that as a society, we’ve formed a set of values that have concluded that racism is wrong.”

When a primary school teacher says something like this to you as a researcher, it makes you sit up and take notice. Whilst it would be comforting to think that this is simply the isolated perspective of one wayward teacher, my research into teachers’ perceptions of educating primary school children about human rights was punctuated by similarly troubling viewpoints. One teacher found it difficult to talk about the atrocities that happened at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp without telling the children in her classroom that “this is the most heinous crime ever imagined”, following this up with “and you can’t do that, so it’s very difficult.” Another was loathe to teach that democracy was “the right way,” because she didn’t want to influence, but rather to simply “open children’s eyes.” Her final comment on this issue being “who am I to say that democracy is the right way?”’

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OUP Blog, 4th April 2016


Deepcut recruit’s alleged suicide ‘did not match emotional state’ – The Guardian

Posted February 15th, 2016 in armed forces, bias, bullying, inquests, murder, news, suicide by sally

‘A teenage recruit found shot dead at Deepcut barracks in Surrey 20 years ago was behaving normally on the day of her death, although she had been having relationship problems, an inquest has heard.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2016


Judge complains of “too many swindlers” after wrongly questioning status of solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted February 8th, 2016 in appeals, bias, internet, judges, landlord & tenant, Law Society, news, solicitors by tracey

‘A judge who wrongly questioned the status of a solicitor after doing his own research on the Law Society’s website, has been criticised by the Court of Appeal.’

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Legal Futures, 5th February 2016


Review of racial bias and BAME representation in Criminal Justice System announced – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 1st, 2016 in bias, criminal justice, equality, press releases, race discrimination, statistics by tracey

‘The Prime Minister has asked David Lammy MP to investigate evidence of possible bias against black defendants and other ethnic minorities.’

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 31st January 2016


Upper Tribunal cases on fair hearings in immigration cases – Free Movement

Posted January 13th, 2016 in advocacy, bias, immigration, judiciary, news, professional conduct, tribunals by sally

‘Three recent cases on fair hearings in immigration cases, all from President McCloskey. All make interesting reading.’

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Free Movement, 13th January 2016


Hunting convictions thrown into doubt after court case collapses – Daily Telegraph

‘The neutrality of Professor Stephen Harris, one of the UK’s leading authorities on foxes, has been called into question.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2015


High Court judge quashes planning permission over appearance of bias – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 15th, 2015 in appeals, bias, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘A High Court judge has quashed the grant of outline planning permission for a residential development in Wiltshire over the appearance of bias.’
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Local Government Lawyer, 13th October 2015


The High Court judge, the £3bn airline case and the mystery of his lost luggage – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 28th, 2015 in airlines, bias, judges, news, recusal by sally

‘Prominent High Court judge removes himself from £3 billion case involving BA after asking airline’s legal team: “What happened to my luggage?”‘
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Daily Telegraph, 25th July 2015


Court of Appeal dismissed local resident’s objections to the Shell redevelopment –

Posted June 19th, 2015 in appeals, bias, news, planning by tracey

‘The UK Court of Appeal has dismissed a legal challenge against the redevelopment of the 1950s 27-storey Shell Tower in London made by a local resident, George Turner.’

Full story, 18th June 2015


HCA International Ltd v Competition and Markets Authority – WLR Daily

Posted June 3rd, 2015 in appeals, bias, competition, law reports, tribunals by sally

HCA International Ltd v Competition and Markets Authority [2015] EWCA Civ 492; [2015] WLR (D) 221

‘The Court of Appeal gave guidance as to the appropriate principles to be applied by a court or tribunal, having quashed a decision by an administrative body, in deciding whether it should remit that decision to be remade by a freshly constituted decision-making body.’

WLR Daily 21st May 2015


‘Judge not, that ye be not judged’ : judging judicial decision-making – Lecture by Lord Neuberger

Posted February 6th, 2015 in bias, judgments, judiciary, news, reasons by sally

‘Judge not, that ye be not judged’: judging judicial decision-making (PDF)

Lecture by Lord Neuberger

F A Mann Lecture 2015


Judge attacks social workers for “grossly overstating” case in evidence – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 28th, 2014 in bias, care orders, child abuse, evidence, news, social services by sally

‘A judge has sharply criticised social workers for giving “visibly biased” evidence when a local authority applied for a final care order in relation to a three-year-old boy with a view to placing him for adoption.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th November 2014


Allegations Of Bias In Long And Complex Cases – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 18th, 2014 in appeals, bias, judiciary, news, recusal by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has handed down guidance on the approach to take to allegations of bias in long-running cases where a judge has substantial involvement in the prior stages of a case’s history.’

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Littleton Chambers, 27th October 2014


Yiacoub v The Queen – WLR Daily

Posted July 17th, 2014 in appeals, bias, judges, law reports, Privy Council by tracey

Yiacoub v The Queen; [2014] UKPC 22; [2014] WLR (D) 314

‘Justice was not seen to be done when a judge who had sat on the original trial was responsible for overseeing the constitution of the panel of judges which formed the court which heard the appeal.’

WLR Daily, 10th July 2014


Bias has ‘significant’ effect on verdicts, jury research says – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 10th, 2014 in bias, burden of proof, juries, news, verdicts by tracey

‘Jurors should be tested before trials to reduce the effect of prejudices on their understanding of the burden of proof, according to the authors of a study suggesting bias has a “significant” impact on verdicts.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 10th January 2014


Resolution Chemicals Ltd v H Lundbec A/S – WLR Daily

Posted November 28th, 2013 in appeals, bias, expert witnesses, judges, law reports, recusal by tracey

Resolution Chemicals Ltd v H Lundbec A/S: [2013] EWCA Civ 1515;   [2013] WLR (D)  453

‘The fair-minded and informed observer, having considered the facts, would not conclude that there was a real possibility that the judge would be subconsciously biased in his assessment of the evidence of an expert witness in a patent action where the witness had been the judge’s research supervisor at university.’

WLR Daily, 25th November 2013


Judge refuses to recuse himself in case where expert witness was his Oxford supervisor – Litigation Futures

Posted November 7th, 2013 in bias, expert witnesses, judges, news, patents, recusal by tracey

“A High Court judge has refused to recuse himself from a case involving an expert witness who was once his academic supervisor at Oxford University.”

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Litigation Futures, 6th November 2013