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

Elgizouli v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 10

As our avid readers would know, we have a real interest in Home Office and immigration cases. This case refers to terrorists in Syria... Shafee El Sheikh is alleged to have been part of a British group of ISIL terrorists (the so-called “Beatles”), suspected of murdering British and American citizens in Syria. El Sheikh and … Continue reading Elgizouli v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 10

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

Another day, another Home Office immigration decision... In this case, Lord Wilson gave a landmark judgment which changed the law, expanding the circumstances in which a person may resist being removed or deported from the UK on medical grounds. The appellant is a 33-year old man from Zimbabwe who has resided in the UK since … Continue reading AM (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKSC 17

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

SA and Others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] CSIH 71

This is an appeal against a refusal of petition for judicial review of a decision of the Upper Tribunal. There are two issues. The first is whether the Lord Ordinary erred in his approach to the substantial merits of the case; specifically in relation to his interpretation of paragraph 276ADE(1) of the Immigration Rules and … Continue reading SA and Others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] CSIH 71