Latest on the Lockdown Challenge in the UK courts – UK Human Rights Blog

‘On 26 May, judicial review proceedings were launched in the High Court which not only challenged the lawfulness of the Lockdown Regulations as having been made “ultra vires” under the 1984 Public Health Act, but also claimed that they are disproportionate to the threat posed by Covid-19. Philip Havers QC of 1 Crown Office Row is acting for the claimant.’

Full Story

UK Human Rights Blog, 9th June 2020

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

What are the UK’s new quarantine rules? – The Guardian

Posted June 9th, 2020 in airlines, coronavirus, health, news, regulations by sally

‘The UK’s new quarantine rules have come into effect from today. What are the new restrictions on international arrivals and how will they be enforced?’

Full Story

The Guardian, 8th June 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Charity launches High Court challenge over dilution of children’s social care duties during COVID-19 – Local Government Lawyer

‘A children’s rights charity is to ask the High Court to quash a statutory instrument that introduced significant changes to children’s social care law during the coronavirus pandemic.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 8th June 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Coronavirus: Are protests legal amid lockdown? – BBC News

‘Solidarity protests against the death of George Floyd in the US are continuing to take place in the UK – but are they actually legal given the coronavirus lockdown?’

Full Story

BBC News, 3rd June 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mike Gordon: Dominic Cummings and the Accountability of Special Advisers – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘It is far from new for the conduct of Dominic Cummings to be a matter of political controversy. The man who is Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s current chief adviser was the Campaign Director of Vote Leave during the 2016 Brexit referendum, an organisation which was subsequently investigated by the Electoral Commission and fined for breaking electoral spending limits. Cummings has been held in contempt of Parliament, for refusing to attend a session of the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee into ‘Disinformation and “Fake News”’, examining issues raised during the referendum campaign about data use and targeted political advertising. And he is widely believed to have been a key architect of the Prime Minister’s unlawful attempt to prorogue Parliament for five weeks in September 2019, in an undemocratic attempt to subvert an intransigent and hostile legislature at a key moment in the planned process of exiting the EU.’

Full Story

UK Constitutional Law Association, 3rd June 2020

Source: ukconstitutionallaw.org

Did Dominic Cummings act “Responsibly and Legally”? – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in civil servants, coronavirus, news, police, regulations by sally

‘Coronavirus has struck in different ways. As well as the devastation it has reaped in taking people’s lives it has exposed an emasculated criminal justice system and political governance clamouring to justify law and guidance applying differently to those close to power from those outside.’

Full Story

Doughty Street Chambers, 24th May 2020

Source: insights.doughtystreet.co.uk

Leader calls for council to be given more powers to implement local lockdown – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in coronavirus, local government, news, regulations by sally

‘The Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council has called for the local authority to be given more powers to implement a local lockdown in the area.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 1st June 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Four Important Changes to the Coronavirus Laws – The 36 Group

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in coronavirus, news, regulations by sally

‘On 1st June 2020 a further set of amendments to The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 entered into force. Below are the key changes you should know about.’

Full Story

The 36 Group, 2nd June 2020

Source: 36group.co.uk

One Kingdom but four nations emerging from lockdown at four different rates under four different laws – UK Police Law Blog

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in coronavirus, news, Northern Ireland, regulations, Scotland, Wales by sally

‘Laws which criminalise what would otherwise be normal daily life and which the police must enforce must be clear, unambiguous, fair and fairly applied, logical and proportionate to the public health imperative. The purpose of this blog post is to illustrate the difficulties with the amended legislation, the inconsistencies between the laws of the four nations of the UK, as well as the problems of enforcement by the police. Whatever the problems with the legislation, whatever the high profile breaches, people must socially distance and must wear masks when unable to do so. The coronavirus is not going away soon, or perhaps ever. It may be joined by other novel viruses and human life may have to change.’

Full Story

UK Police Law Blog, 2nd June 2020

Source: ukpolicelawblog.com

Police cannot go into homes to check if lockdown rules are being breached – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in coronavirus, enforcement, news, police, regulations by sally

‘Police in England have been told they cannot go into homes or gardens to check whether coronavirus lockdown rules are being breached, according to new guidance.’

Full Story

Daily Telegraph, 1st June 2020

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Travel and Holiday Claims amid a Global Lockdown – Henderson Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in airlines, contracts, coronavirus, EC law, holidays, hotels, news, regulations, transport by sally

‘The world-wide lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic will have an unprecedented financial impact, not only on businesses in all areas of the economy but also on consumers. Public gatherings are banned or strictly limited and events have been cancelled or postponed. Future travel plans remain uncertain, with the borders of many other countries remaining closed to travellers from the UK and strict 14-day quarantine measures set to be imposed on those entering the UK from the end of May. Many companies are refusing or delaying offering refunds to affected consumers, who may have to resort to litigation to protect their rights. This alerter provides a broad overview of several affected areas, including package holidays, travel, holiday accommodation and events.’

Full Story

Henderson Chambers, 19th May 2020

Source: www.hendersonchambers.co.uk

Sole Representative Visa: Ownership and Control – Richmond Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in immigration, news, regulations, subsidiary companies, visas by sally

‘Compared to other routes under the Rules the requirements for a representative of an overseas business were relatively simple. For at least the past year, the Home Office sought to remedy this through unlawfully reading in an additional requirement: ‘genuineness’. From 4 June 2020, the Rules will be amended to explicitly refer to this requirement, by inserting the word ‘genuinely’ before listing the requirements for entry clearance.’

Full Story

Richmond Chambers, 21st May 2020

Source: immigrationbarrister.co.uk

Sole Representative Visa Route to Change from 4 June 2020 – Richmond Chambers

Posted May 29th, 2020 in immigration, news, regulations, subsidiary companies, visas by sally

‘In the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules presented to Parliament in May 2020, released last week, the Secretary of State has made clear that she will significantly tighten the sole representative of an overseas business visa category from 4 June 2020.’

Full Story

Richmond Chambers, 18th May 2020

Source: immigrationbarrister.co.uk

The Coronavirus and Employers’ Liability for PPE – Part 3: Liability for Breach of Statutory Duty by Jack McCracken and Sarah Hopkinson – Ropewalk Chambers

‘In the context of an employer’s duty to provide PPE to protect against exposure to the novel coronavirus, the focus is likely to be on two sets of domestic health and safety regulations: The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (PPE Regulations), and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH). The application of the latter should disapply the former, but the two will be considered together.’

Full Story

Ropewalk Chambers, 6th May 2020

Source: www.ropewalk.co.uk

COVID-19 Guidance Tracker – Six Pump Court

Posted May 29th, 2020 in computer programs, coronavirus, legal profession, news, regulations by sally

‘The “COVID-19 Guidance Tracker” is a new resource set up by the Regulatory team at Six Pump Court which is designed to enable businesses and legal professionals to more easily navigate to the applicable COVID-19 guidance that is most relevant to their area of work.’

Full Story

Six Pump Court, May 2020

Source: www.6pumpcourt.co.uk

Coronavirus: What powers do the police have? – BBC News

Posted May 14th, 2020 in coronavirus, fines, holidays, news, police, regulations by sally

‘Boris Johnson has changed the lockdown rules in England, allowing people to spend more time outdoors.’

Full Story

BBC News, 13th May 2020

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Leviathan Challenged — the lockdown is compliant with human rights law (Part Two) – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In this article, Dominic Ruck Keene and Henry Tufnell argue that the challengers to the legislation have not shown that the measures adopted by the Government are disproportionate in the circumstances of the pandemic.’

Full Story

UK Human Rights Blog, 11th May 2020

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com

Clandestine Courtship: can you visit your lover in lockdown? – The 36 Group

Posted May 7th, 2020 in accomplices, coronavirus, incitement, news, regulations by sally

‘On Wednesday 6 May, the UK awoke to a scandal: a senior scientific adviser to the government, Professor Neil Ferguson, resigned from his position on the government advisory body SAGE after the Telegraph revealed that Ms Antonia Staats – his “married lover” – had visited him at home during lockdown. The Metropolitan Police soon announced that they would investigate the incident.’

Full Story

The 36 Group, 7th May 2020

Source: 36group.co.uk

The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – Spire Barristers

Posted May 7th, 2020 in adoption, children, coronavirus, news, regulations by sally

‘On Friday 24 April 2020, the Government passed a statutory instrument making potentially significant changes to the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations 2010, and the obligations on local authorities imposed by those regulations. In addition to the amendments to the 2010 Regulations, other regulations were amended including the Adoption Agencies Regulations 2005, and the Fostering Services Regulations 2011. This briefing note summarises the main changes to the requirements for local authorities.’

Full Story

Spire Barristers, 28th April 2020

Source: spirebarristers.co.uk

Gambling Commission is “a small regulator in a huge and fast-evolving industry”, warns spending watchdog – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 2nd, 2020 in budgets, gambling, news, ombudsmen, regulations, statistics by sally

‘Even if the Gambling Commission were to make recommended improvements, it is “a small body that is unlikely to be fully effective in regulating a challenging and fast-changing industry within the current system”, the National Audit Office has warned.’

Full Story

Local Government Lawyer, 28th March 2020

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk