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

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

R (McConnell and YY) v Registrar General [2020] EWCA Civ 559

In May 2020, the Court of Appeal revisited the tension between the wish of a transgender person to have their legal gender recognised on their child’s birth certificate and the right of the child to discover the identity of their biological mother. Alfred McConnell is legally recognised as male, as confirmed by a Gender Recognition … Continue reading R (McConnell and YY) v Registrar General [2020] EWCA Civ 559

Begum v Special Immigration Appeals Commission and the Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 918

In 2019 after ISIL was dislodged from Raqqah, Shamima Begum was discovered in a refugee camp in Syria. When she expressed a wish to return home to Bethnal Green, the Government wasn’t welcoming. She had left to join ISIL and she was considered a serious risk to national security. Her British citizenship was removed and … Continue reading Begum v Special Immigration Appeals Commission and the Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 918

Barclays Bank v. Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 13 and WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12

The boundaries of vicarious liability had been expanding in recent years, but in April a pair of decisions from the Supreme Court indicated that there may now be a retrenchment. The Barclays case concerned Dr Bates, a self-employed practitioner who undertook unchaperoned medical examinations at his home and provided a medical report which was a … Continue reading Barclays Bank v. Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 13 and WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12

Dolan & Ors, R (On the application of) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care & Anor [2020] EWCA 1605

Happy new year! Our first case summary of the year and I'm going to focus the next few blogs on a few top cases from 2020, inspired by the https://ukhumanrightsblog.com - a great site btw, so please do check them out1 The first case is talking about a COVID 19 case from last year... The … Continue reading Dolan & Ors, R (On the application of) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care & Anor [2020] EWCA 1605

Islam, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 2939 (Admin)

It had not been accepted that the Claimant was the nephew of an EEA national and therefore acknowledged that he was a "family member" for the purposes of Section 92(4)(b) of the 2002 Act. The Claimant is not a "family member" unless and until he satisfied all of the conditions in Regs 7(3) and 8 … Continue reading Islam, R (On the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 2939 (Admin)

IM (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 626

The appellant is a national of Pakistan and previously lived in the Sheika Bur Luv-e Darya village in the Jhelum district of the Punjab. He first entered the United Kingdom with valid leave to enter as a student but subsequently overstayed. He eventually made a claim for asylum and relied on three grounds for doing … Continue reading IM (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWCA Civ 626