Basfar v Wong – Diplomatic Immunity, Human Trafficking and “Commercial Activities” Revisited – Littleton Chambers

‘The EAT has handed down its judgment in Basfar v Wong UKEAT/0223/19/BA, holding that the defence of diplomatic immunity applied in circumstances where the Claimant alleged she had been trafficked by her diplomat employer. However, it also granted the Claimant the first ever ‘leapfrog’ certificate direct from the EAT to the Supreme Court, and the matter looks set to continue.’

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Littleton Chambers, 4th February 2020

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Harry Dunn’s family starts legal action against Foreign Office – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2019 in diplomats, government departments, immunity, judicial review, news, road traffic by sally

‘The family of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn have launched a legal action against the Foreign Office which they said could cost them “upwards of £50,000”.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2019

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Diplomatic immunity and the Dunn case – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 31st, 2019 in diplomats, immunity, news, road traffic by sally

‘The death of Harry Dunn, who was struck by a vehicle allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road in August, led to a diplomatic spat over the asserted diplomatic immunity of the driver, Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US intelligence official believed to work for the CIA based at RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th October 2019

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Harry Dunn’s family to begin legal action against Foreign Office and Northamptonshire Police – Daily Telegraph

‘The family of Harry Dunn will shortly issue a letter of claim to begin legal action against the Foreign Office and Northamptonshire Police, spokesman Radd Seiger said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th October 2019

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Diplomatic immunity review launched after Harry Dunn case – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2019 in diplomats, immunity, news, road traffic offences by tracey

‘The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has commissioned a review into immunity arrangements for US personnel and their families at an RAF base following the death of Harry Dunn.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2019

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UK’s First Human Rights Ambassador Could Become A ‘Laughing Stock’, Barrister Warns – Rights Info

Posted May 22nd, 2019 in barristers, diplomats, human rights, news, standards by sally

‘The UK’s first ever international human rights ambassador will become a “laughing stock” if the government does not practice what it preaches, a former chairwoman of the Bar human rights committee has warned.’

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Rights Info, 20th May 2019

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Diplomats can no longer hide behind immunity, legal experts claim, after “abusive” attaché withdraws defence – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 14th, 2019 in diplomats, employment tribunals, human rights, immunity, news by tracey

‘Diplomats will no longer be able to conceal their “vile conduct” with immunity, legal experts claim, after a Qatari attaché who allegedly called his driver a “black slave” scrapped his defence. ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 13th March 2019

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Boris Becker ends diplomatic immunity defence from bankruptcy – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2018 in bankruptcy, diplomats, immunity, news by tracey

‘The former world No 1 tennis player Boris Becker has dropped his claim to have diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy. The three-time Wimbledon champion had argued his appointment by the Central African Republic as a sporting, cultural and humanitarian attache to the European Union meant he could not be subjected to legal proceedings.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2018

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Brexit as a revolution – Law Pod UK

Posted October 18th, 2018 in brexit, diplomats, EC law, podcasts by sally

‘Professor Catherine Barnard has this exclusive interview with Sir Ivan Rogers, the former UK Ambassador to the EU, following his speech to Trinity College Cambridge last week. They discuss the themes of this speech which can be found in full on the Trinity College website.’

Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity to avoid bankruptcy – The Independent

Posted June 15th, 2018 in bankruptcy, diplomats, immunity, news by tracey

‘Former world tennis number one Boris Becker has claimed diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings – citing his role as a sports attache to the Central African Republic.’

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The Independent, 15th June 2018

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Britain rejects request to grant Julian Assange diplomatic status amid reports of Ecuadorean citizenship – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 11th, 2018 in asylum, citizenship, diplomats, embassies, extradition, news by tracey

‘The Foreign Office turned down a request from the Ecuadorian government to grant Julian Assange diplomatic status, amid reports the WikiLeaks founder may have received citizenship from the Andean country.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th January 2018

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Reyes v Al-Malki – Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 20th, 2017 in diplomats, immunity, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘The Supreme Court has unanimously found that a former diplomat would not be entitled to diplomatic immunity in relation a claim of human trafficking brought by a domestic worker because the worker’s employment and alleged treatment would not constitute acts performed in the course of the diplomat’s official functions (within the meaning of Articles 31(1)(c) and 39(2) of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations).’

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Blackstone Chambers, 18th October 2017

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Supreme Court: state immunity rules incompatible with Article 6 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 20th, 2017 in diplomats, news, state immunity, unfair dismissal by sally

‘If you work for an embassy in London and are not a UK national, you cannot sue your employing state when you get unfairly dismissed. But if you enter a commercial contract with the same embassy, you can sue them.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th October 2017

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Domestic workers win supreme court case against Saudi diplomat – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2017 in appeals, diplomats, immunity, news, Supreme Court, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘Two domestic workers who say they were exploited by a Saudi diplomat in London have won a major victory in the supreme court after judges ruled that their employer was no longer protected by diplomatic immunity.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2017

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Video Link Evidence in the Commercial Court: Potential Pitfalls – Hardwicke Chambers

‘In the 21st century commercial practitioners often approach the question of whether the court will hear evidence by video link as one of practicality. Questions they will commonly ask themselves include the following: will the witness be in London during the trial timetable? Will the witness be able to find time (and obtain consent from a current employer) to fly to London? Where physically could the video evidence be given and is that a suitable location? How sure can the court be that the witness is not receiving clandestine assistance “off-camera”? How secure is the video link and what is the sound and picture quality? Indeed in preparing a case that involves a number of witnesses who live and work overseas the possibility of live video evidence may well feature in trial preparation as a necessity rather than an option.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 27th March 2017

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EU citizens living in the UK could face legal limbo after Brexit – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2017 in brexit, diplomats, documents, EC law, identification, immigration, news, treaties by sally

‘The EU fears millions of its nationals living in the UK will be left stranded in a legal no man’s land after the country leaves the EU because of the weaknesses of the British immigration system, a document obtained by the Observer reveals.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2017

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UK must remain under EU law during Brexit transition, diplomats say – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2017 in brexit, courts, diplomats, EC law, markets, news, referendums by sally

‘EU diplomats have warned the Foreign Office that the UK will not be able to leave the jurisdiction of the European court of justice (ECJ) if there is to be a transition period while details of Brexit are negotiated.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2017

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Diplomats in UK ‘avoiding prosecution for serious crimes’ – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in child abuse, diplomats, immunity, news, prosecutions, sexual offences by sally

‘Diplomatic officials working in Britain have allegedly used their immunity to avoid prosecution for serious criminal offences including child pornography and human trafficking, Boris Johnson has told parliament.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2016

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Ex-model wins ‘record’ £53m cash settlement in divorce battle – The Guardian

‘A former model has been awarded a £53m cash settlement in a high court divorce battle with her Saudi billionaire ex-husband.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2016

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Finance & Divorce Update, April 2016 – Family Law Week

‘Edward Heaton, Principal Associate and Jane Booth, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during March 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 8th April 2016

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