Independent wins a ‘hugely important’ victory for the vulnerable – The Independent

“A controversial court which hears all of its cases in secret will open its doors to the media from today, following a successful legal challenge by The Independent which was immediately hailed as a ‘hugely important’ victory for transparency.”

Full story

The Independent, 1st April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

No charges following deaths of Sir Edward and Lady Downes – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that, while there is sufficient evidence to charge Caractacus Downes with an offence of assisting the suicide of his parents, Sir Edward and Lady Joan Downes, it is not in the public interest to do so.”

Full ress release

Crown Prosecution Service, 19th March 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Jack Straw unveils plan to curb libel tourism – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2010 in defamation, freedom of expression, news, public interest by sally

“Overseas claimants will be discouraged from launching libel cases in UK courts and a ‘public interest’ defence may be introduced to protect investigative journalism, under legal changes unveiled today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Reform of libel laws will protect freedom of expression – The Guardian

Posted March 23rd, 2010 in defamation, freedom of expression, news, public interest by sally

“Justice secretary Jack Straw explains why he is proposing a law to curtail ‘libel tourism’ and create a ‘public interest’ defence.”

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Snoop Dogg: US rapper wins £100,000 legal fight to visit Britain – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 9th, 2010 in appeals, news, public interest, public order, visas by sally

“The controversial American rapper, Snoop Dogg, has won an expensive legal battle against the British government, after it tried to ban him from visiting the country.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 9th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Dangerous terrorist suspects are on the streets because of judges’ decisions, watchdog says – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 4th, 2010 in control orders, judiciary, news, public interest, terrorism by sally

“Dangerous terror suspects are walking the streets as the result of a ruling by the UK Supreme Court, a terrorism watchdog has said.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Norris v Government of United States of America (No 2) – WLR Daily

Posted March 1st, 2010 in extradition, law reports, public interest, Supreme Court by sally

Norris v Government of United States of America (No 2) [2009] UKSC 9; [2010] WLR (D) 52

“It was only if some quite exceptionally compelling feature, or combination of features, was present that interference with the right to family life under art 8(1) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms consequent upon extradition would be other than proportionate to the objective that extradition served.”

WLR Daily, 25th February 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

In re Guardian News and Media Ltd and others – WLR Daily

In re Guardian News and Media Ltd and others [2010] UKSC 1; [2010] WLR (D) 13 

“Where individuals challenged freezing orders made against them under the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 and the Al-Qaida and Taliban (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 the general public interest in publishing a full report of the proceedings in which they were named justified curtailing their right to respect for their private and family lives.”

WLR Daily, 27th February 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Questions about the decision to prosecute Kay Gilderdale – Crown Prosecution Service

“A question has arisen as to whether it was in the public interest for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to have prosecuted Kay Gilderdale for attempted murder.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 26th January 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Foreign Office backs down over Binyam Mohamed censorship – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2009 in disclosure, intelligence services, news, public interest, torture by sally

“The Foreign Office has made a partial climbdown in its legal bid to suppress intelligence material relating to a British resident who claims he was tortured by American security services.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

David Miliband attacks ‘irresponsible’ judges over Binyam Mohamed – The Times

Posted December 15th, 2009 in disclosure, intelligence services, news, public interest, torture by sally

“Lawyers for the Foreign Secretary launched an extraordinary attack yesterday on High Court judges who want to disclose intelligence material relating to allegations of torture involving the CIA.”

Full story

The Times, 15th December 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Binyam Mohamed torture collusion case returns to court – BBC News

Posted December 14th, 2009 in disclosure, intelligence services, news, public interest, torture by sally

“Three of England’s most senior judges are to hear an appeal by the government against letting the public know about allegations of torture.”

Full story

BBC News, 14th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jack Straw issues ‘veto’ certificate under the Freedom of Information Act – Ministry of Justice

Posted December 10th, 2009 in disclosure, freedom of information, press releases, public interest, veto by sally

“Justice Secretary Jack Straw has issued a ‘veto’ certificate under section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act, overruling the Information Tribunal’s decision of 23 June 2009.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 10th December 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Judges’ torture ruling harmed UK security, says Foreign Office – The Guardian

Posted November 13th, 2009 in disclosure, intelligence services, news, public interest, torture by sally

“A top Foreign Office official has accused high court judges of damaging Britain’s national security by insisting that CIA evidence of British involvement in torture must be revealed.”

Full story

The Guardian, 12th November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Information Tribunal overlooked public interest in legal privilege case, says High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 24th, 2009 in disclosure, freedom of information, news, public interest, tribunals by sally

“The Information Tribunal misunderstood part of a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act request and failed to properly adjudicate other parts of it, the High Court has said. The case must be re-considered by the Tribunal.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 23rd July 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Her Majesty’s Treasury v Information Commissioner – WLR Daily

Her Majesty’s Treasury v Information Commissioner [2009] EWHC 1811 (Admin); [2009] WLR (D) 251

“The convention that law officers’ advice to ministerial departments should not be disclosed without their consent continued to operate after the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, but was subject to the principles of that Act.”

WLR Daily, 22nd July 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Hussain (Zakir) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Times Law Reports

Posted April 9th, 2009 in immigration, law reports, public interest by sally

Hussain (Zakir) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Court of Appeal

“Evasion of immigration controls for a long time was not in itself a reason for deciding that an applicant, unlawfully in the United Kingdom, should not be allowed to stay.”

The Times, 9th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform v Amway (UK) Ltd – Times Law Reports

Posted March 18th, 2009 in law reports, public interest, undertakings, winding up by sally

Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform v Amway (UK) Ltd

Court of Appeal

“Where winding-up proceedings were brought against a company because its trading practices were ‘inherently objectionable’ under section 124A of the Insolvency Act 1986, as inserted by section 60(3) of the Companies Act 1989, it was open to the judge to dismiss the proceedings on the basis of assurances from the company that the objectionable features of its business model would be reformed.”

The Times, 18th March 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Chairman sends detailed letter to the Legal Services Board – The Bar Council

Posted March 17th, 2009 in barristers, legal services, news, public interest by sally

“The Chairman of the Bar , Desmond Browne QC, has sent a letter to the Legal Services Board in response to its draft business plan. The detailed letter raises various areas of concern, including the fact that “promoting and protecting the public interest” is not set out as a regulatory objective.”

The full text of the Chairman’s letter

The Bar Council, 16th March 2009

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Straw vetoes publication of cabinet Iraq war minutes – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2009 in freedom of information, Iraq, news, public interest, veto, war by sally

“Jack Straw today said he would take the unprecedented step of vetoing the release of cabinet minutes relating to the decision to invade Iraq.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th February 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk