Public Law Blog

22 May 2017

Legal update: court is left unconvinced by ‘Purdah’ argument in judicial review proceedings

R (on the application of ClientEarth) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2017] EWHC B12 (Admin)

Jonathan Blunden

24 April 2017

When can the High Court quash a police force’s crime-recording decision?

That in summary was the question for the High Court in R (on the application of Pitts) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [2017] EWHC 646 (Admin) (see here for the judgment). The Court held that a decision by a police force to record a crime could only be successfully challenged if it was shown to be (in public law terms) unreasonable or irrational. This is a significant threshold to cross. The court will ordinarily afford the relevant police force deference in its decision-making processes in such matters. Claimants should note this and would be advised to proceed cautiously before bringing claims for judicial review against a police force in respect of crime-recording decisions.

Jonathan Blunden

20 April 2017

More to do on cyber-security: half of UK businesses suffer cyber-security breach

On 19 April 2017, the Government published its Cyber Security Breaches Survey (see here). This measures how well UK businesses approach cyber-security, and the level, nature, and impact of cyber-attacks on businesses. 

Emily Carter

18 April 2017

Politics interrupts Brexit? Theresa May calls for an early election

The Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, has surprised Westminster and the country at large by calling for an early general election. The Prime Minister intends that the election will take place on 8 June 2017. She has called for it in order to, in part, overcome the ‘division’ at Westminster in respect of Brexit. It is a risky political gamble that might disrupt the UK’s exit from the EU. 

Jonathan Blunden

12 April 2017

Further chinks in the armour? EU-US Privacy Shield and the concerns of MEPs

In a resolution adopted on 6 April 2017, Members of the European Parliament (“MEPs”) expressed their “alarm” over several recent changes to the US privacy law regime. The resolution, passed by 306 votes to 240 with 40 abstentions, comes amidst growing concerns that President Trump and the US Congress are withdrawing from commitments made by the Obama administration in relation to US obligations under the EU-US Privacy Shield

Jonathan Blunden

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