Public Law Blog

Insights and legal updates from our specialist public law solicitors.

2 April 2019

Over £450,000 for the state and £0 for PC Palmer’s family at the Westminster Bridge Inquest - how the inequality of arms at inquests looks set to continue

In February 2019 in its Final Report on the Review of Legal Aid for Inquests, the Ministry of Justice confirmed that it would not be introducing automatic public funding for families at inquests where the state is legally represented. This is hugely disappointing news for families, such as the family of PC Palmer, who have experienced the reality of an inquest where the state has the benefit of a highly experienced and well-resourced legal team while they are left to try and find lawyers prepared to represent them for free.

Sarah Burton

1 April 2019

Judicial Review costs – a missed opportunity to extend access to justice

In its consultation “Extending Fixed Recoverable Costs in Civil Cases: Implementing Sir Rupert Jackson’s proposals”, which was launched on 28 March 2019, the Ministry of Justice has failed to take forward a proposal that could have had a significant impact on the ability of individuals to hold public bodies to account through judicial review proceedings.

Adam Chapman

7 January 2019

“A sorry state of affairs” – Lazarov v Bulgaria and R (Lazarov) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court

In the case of Lazarov v Bulgaria the High Court found itself in some legal difficulty as it sought to deal with an appeal against an extradition judgment from Westminster Magistrates’ Court that was replete with mistakes.

Fred Allen

3 January 2019

Care homes take heed: if you have failed to pay the ICO data protection fee you could be breaking the law

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has commenced formal enforcement action against care homes that have failed to pay the data protection fee.

Kathryn Sheridan

12 December 2018

Judicial review and secondary legislation: What power does the court have to fix broken legislation?

In the fourth post in our Public Law team’s blog series, Emily Carter examines the powers of the court to review the hundreds of pieces of secondary legislation being swiftly created in preparation for Brexit.

Emily Carter

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