Settled by Settlers – Nearly Legal

Posted January 17th, 2022 in appeals, housing, landlord & tenant, leases, news, service charges, Supreme Court by tracey

‘FirstPort Property Services Ltd v Settlers Court RTM Co Ltd [2022] UKSC 1 is a big deal in the world of residential leasehold property disputes. Whilst I can’t say that the result is particuarly surprising, I imagine it has sent lawyers, RTM company directors and the Law Commission into a bit of a spin.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th January 2022

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The ‘right to manage’ and shared estate facilities – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 13th, 2022 in easements, landlord & tenant, leases, news, service charges, Supreme Court by tracey

‘In a key ruling on the “right to manage” and wider estate facilities, the Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal’s ruling in Gala Unity. Simon Allison and Kimberley Ziya consider the implications.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th January 2022

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Lewis Graham: Going beyond, and going against, the Strasbourg Court – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 11th, 2022 in gender, human rights, interpretation, news, passports, Supreme Court, treaties by tracey

‘Section 2 of the Human Rights Act (HRA) requires that domestic courts “take into account” relevant Strasbourg case law when dealing with substantive claims under that Act. The classic authority on the application of this provision remains – for now – that of Lord Bingham: courts should “keep pace with the Strasbourg jurisprudence as it evolves over time: no more but certainly no less”.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 11th January 2022

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Supreme Court to hear case on planning conditions and dedication of highways – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 11th, 2022 in appeals, local government, news, planning, road safety, roads, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has given Swindon Borough Council permission to appeal in a case about whether a planning condition can require the dedication of a highway.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th January 2022

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One date to rule them all: McQuillan, McGuigan and McKenna [2021] UKSC 55 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted January 10th, 2022 in appeals, human rights, news, Northern Ireland, Supreme Court, torture by tracey

‘In one of its final decisions of 2021, McQuillan, McGuigan and McKenna, the UK Supreme Court addressed challenges to the effectiveness of police investigations into events which took place during the Northern Ireland conflict. The European Court has long maintained that the right to life (Article 2 ECHR) and the prohibition upon torture and inhuman and degrading treatment (Article 3 ECHR) carry with them positive obligations on the state to conduct effective investigations. These “legacy” cases not only draw the Courts into debates over some of the most contentious aspects of the Northern Ireland conflict, in particular the involvement of state agents in killings and the infliction of serious harms upon individuals, but they also pose questions about how human rights law applied in the context of Northern Ireland as a jurisdiction before the enactment of the Human Rights Act 1998.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 7th January 2022

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Climate lawyer loses supreme court appeal over Heathrow leak – The Guardian

‘A lawyer and climate campaigner who leaked the result of a supreme court ruling on the Heathrow airport expansion has lost an appeal against a contempt of court finding.’

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The Guardian, 20th December 2021

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New Judgment: Her Majesty’s Attorney General v Crosland [2021] UKSC 58 – UKSC Blog

‘The court unanimously dismissed this appeal concerning whether the Supreme Court was wrong to decide that the appellant’s disclosure of the result of the Heathrow appeal, in breach of an embargo on the Court’s judgment, constituted a contempt of court. Furthermore, did the Court then wrongly impose a fine of £5,000 on the appellant, and wrongly order him to pay the respondent’s costs in the sum of £15,000?’

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UKSC Blog, 20th December 2021

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New Judgment: R (on the application of Elan-Cane) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] UKSC 56 – UKSC Blog

Posted December 16th, 2021 in gender, government departments, human rights, news, passports, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed this appeal concerning whether the Court of Appeal was wrong in its conclusion that Her Majesty’s Passport Office’s policy does not unjustifiably breach articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“ECHR”).The policy in question holds that (i) an applicant for a passport must declare their gender/sex as being either male or female and (ii) a passport will only be issued bearing a male (“M”) or female (“F”) indicator in the gender/sex field on the face of the passport and will not be issued with an “unspecified” (“X”) gender marker.’

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UKSC Blog, 15th December 2021

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Gender-neutral passports: Campaigner Christie Elan-Cane loses Supreme Court case – BBC News

Posted December 15th, 2021 in appeals, gender, government departments, human rights, news, passports, Supreme Court by tracey

‘A campaigner has lost a Supreme Court case challenging the government’s refusal to issue gender neutral passports.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2021

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Plan to reform Human Rights Act – Ministry of Justice

‘The Human Rights Act will be revised under plans unveiled by the Justice Secretary Dominic Raab today (14 December).’

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Ministry of Justice, 14th December 2021

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Supreme Court to rule on investigation into ‘hooded men’ case – The Independent

Posted December 15th, 2021 in appeals, armed forces, news, Northern Ireland, Supreme Court, torture by tracey

‘The Supreme Court in London will rule later on whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland is sufficiently independent to carry out an investigation into the case of the “hooded men”.’

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The Independent, 15th December 2021

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The Lionel Cohen Lecture 2021: Judges and Academics, and the Endless Road to Unattainable Perfection – Supreme Court

Posted December 14th, 2021 in judgments, judiciary, lectures, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Judges and Academics, and the Endless Road to Unattainable Perfection – Lord Burrows’

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Supreme Court, 6th December 2021

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New Judgment: R (on the application of Association of Independent Meat Suppliers and another) v Food Standards Agency [2021] UKSC 54 – UKSC Blog

Posted December 9th, 2021 in appeals, EC law, food, food hygiene, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed this appeal concerned the operation of the European Union (“EU”) system for the inspection of meat products to ensure that proper health and safety standards are maintained. The facts of the case arose at a time when, pursuant to the Brexit transition arrangements, EU law was applicable. In 2019, the Supreme Court made a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) on this issue, and the CJEU has now delivered its judgment. The Supreme Court now determines this appeal based on that judgment.’

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UKSC Blog, 8th December 2021

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The future of class actions after Lloyd – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 6th, 2021 in appeals, class actions, compensation, damages, data protection, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘On 10 November, the Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited decision in Lloyd v Google LLC [2021] UKSC 50. The court found unanimously for Google, overturning the Court of Appeal. Mr Lloyd’s claim will not now proceed (at least as currently formulated).’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th December 2021

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Owners of flats near Tate Modern take privacy case to supreme court – The Guardian

Posted December 6th, 2021 in appeals, housing, news, nuisance, planning, privacy, Supreme Court by sally

‘On one side is Tate Modern. On the other are the owners of nearby luxury apartments objecting to what they regard as the prying eyes of visitors enjoying a viewing platform at Britain’s most visited gallery.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2021

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New Judgment: Fratila and another (AP) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2021] UKSC 53 – UKSC Blog

Posted December 2nd, 2021 in benefits, brexit, EC law, news, regulations, Supreme Court by sally

‘The Respondents are Romanian nationals residing in the UK. They both made applications for universal credit in June 2019. At the time of their applications, the Respondents’ right to reside in the UK arose solely from their pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. The Respondents’ applications were refused because the Universal Credit Regulations 2013, as amended by the Social Security (Income Related Benefits) (Updating and Amendment) (EU exit) Regulations 2019 (the “2019 Regulations”) do not permit universal credit to be granted solely on the basis of an individual’s pre–settled status.’

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UKSC Blog, 2nd December 2021

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Capacity to engage in sexual relations: the relevance of the partner’s consent – UK Human Rights Blog

‘A Local Authority (Respondent) v JB (by his Litigation Friend, the Official Solicitor) (Appellant) – UKSC 2020/0133 Court of Appeal (Civil Division). The Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision that to have capacity to engage in sexual relations, a person needs to be able to understand that their sexual partner must have the capacity to consent to the sexual activity and must, in fact, consent before and during the sexual activity.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th November 2021

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Supreme Court hands down landmark ruling on capacity to consent to sexual relations – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court has upheld a Court of Appeal decision that to have capacity to have sexual relations with another person, a person needs be aware that their partner must have the ability to consent to the sexual activity and must in fact consent before and throughout the sexual activity.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th November 2021

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New Judgment: A Local Authority v JB (by his Litigation Friend, the Official Solicitor) [2021] UKSC 52 – UKSC Blog

‘The Respondent commenced proceedings in the Court of Protection seeking declarations under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 as to the Appellant’s capacity to consent to sexual relations. A question arose as to whether the judge should have regard to whether they had capacity to understand that the other person involved must give consent, and did in fact give and maintain consent throughout the act. The judge found that this was not relevant information for the purposes of determining if an individual had capacity to consent to sexual relations under the Act.’

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UKSC Blog, 24th November 2021

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Supreme Court hears Kurdish flags appeal – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Three men found guilty of carrying a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) flag are appealing against their convictions at the Supreme Court, arguing that a ‘strict liability’ offence for carrying the flag of a proscribed organisation is ‘incompatible’ with their right to freedom of expression.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 22nd November 2021

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