Public Law Blog

Insights and legal updates from our specialist public law solicitors.

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

24 October 2018

How does secondary legislation come into force? The enactment of secondary legislation and the impact on subsequent litigation

Many who voted for Brexit did so to ‘Take Back Control’ from the EU, but who will legislative control pass to after Exit Day and what are the possible consequences for our constitution and for all of us? In the third post in our Public Law team’s blog series Fred Allen outlines the processes by which secondary legislation is enacted and examines how these might affect judicial scrutiny. Follow our Public Law blog for more.

Fred Allen

18 October 2018

Modern Slavery Act 2015: Under Review

Since its implementation, the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (“the MSA”) has not only increased public and corporate awareness of slavery in the modern day but has focused the government’s and Crown Prosecution Service’s (“CPS”) attention and resources towards fighting people trafficking, modern slavery, organised immigration crime and forced labour.

Sophie Wood

25 September 2018

Blowing spies’ legal cover? Reprieve threatens judicial review of alleged government misuse of the ‘James Bond clause’

Earlier this month the Guardian reported that Reprieve has sent a formal pre-action protocol letter to the Foreign Secretary challenging “a pattern of authorisations” granting legal protection to British spies for otherwise unlawful acts done outside the British Islands. The allegation is that authorisations are being given despite the risk of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment. This blog gives some initial thought to the issues.

Nick Wrightson

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