Public Law Blog

30 August 2017

Block chain: Is the GDPR out of date already?

The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) amounts to a significant overhaul of existing data protection regulation and is designed to be ‘technology neutral’. However, how the GDPR will cope with emerging block chain technology and a move towards the decentralisation of data storage remains to be seen. 

Tom Cox

29 August 2017

The Coroner’s decision is (almost always) final: the Court’s approach to judicial review of inquest proceedings

The recent decision of Mr Justice Holroyde in R oao Donald Maguire and ors v The Assistant Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern Area) [2017] EWHC 2039 provides a salutary reminder of just how difficult it is successfully to judicially review the ‘case management’ decisions of a coroner – in this case a decision as to which witnesses to call at an inquest – and of the costs risks of bringing such a challenge.

Adam Chapman

7 August 2017

The special constitutional importance of judicial review may demand a distinctive approach to the recovery of litigation costs, but will the latest recommendations be taken forward?

Lord Justice Jackson’s ‘Review of Civil Litigation Costs: Supplemental Report – Fixed Recoverable Costs’ was published at the end of July. Recognising that an effectively functioning system of judicial review is central to the rule of law, the Supplemental Report makes recommendations that may increase access to this important specialist area of litigation. Past proposals have, however, been left unimplemented.

Nick Wrightson

7 August 2017

A challenge to the lawfulness of export licences allowing arms sales to Saudi Arabia has been rejected

In a recent high profile judicial review claim, Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) challenged a decision of the Secretary of State for Trade. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Rights Watch (UK) and Oxfam all intervened. In its judgment, the Divisional Court emphasised judicial self-restraint, and confirmed that the courts must give suitable recognition to the institutional competence of those charged with complex evaluative decision-making. 

Nick Wrightson

21 June 2017

The Queen’s Speech 2017 – Setting the parliamentary agenda

Shortly after 11.30am today the 64th Queen’s Speech of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was delivered at the State Opening of Parliament. This important ceremonial event aimed to set the UK parliamentary agenda for the next two years.

Nick Wrightson

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