AM (Zimbabwe) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2020] UKSC 17

This week, I am talking about mental health, and starting with a recent case that made all the difference - AM Zimbabwe. Previous mental health cases had found that individuals had to be at risk of imminent death at the point of the proposed removal to a third country in order to successfully resist removal. … Continue reading AM (Zimbabwe) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) [2020] UKSC 17

R (Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] UKSC 46

In 2020 the Supreme Court gave judgment on the question of the standard of proof to be applied at an inquest where the death might have been caused by suicide or unlawful killing. Traditionally, in order to be satisfied that either conclusion should be returned the criminal standard of proof was required. However, that all … Continue reading R (Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] UKSC 46

R (Friends of the Earth et al) v Heathrow Airport Ltd [2020] UKSC 52

Last year the Supreme Court reversed a decision of the Court of Appeal and held that the Government policy on airport expansion at Heathrow was not unlawful on climate change grounds. The policy decision under challenge was an Airports National Policy Statement (ANPS) made in 2018, which set out the decision-making framework within which further … Continue reading R (Friends of the Earth et al) v Heathrow Airport Ltd [2020] UKSC 52

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust v XX [2020] UKSC 14

On the same day as the decisions in Barclays and Morrisons, the Supreme Court also held that a defendant hospital trust liable in damages for clinical negligence must pay for the cost of a commercial surrogacy arrangement abroad despite such arrangements being unlawful in the UK. As a result of admitted negligence, the claimant developed avoidable cervical cancer. … Continue reading Whittington Hospital NHS Trust v XX [2020] UKSC 14