Appeals and Miscarriages of Justice
Miscarriage of justice compensation provisions in the Criminal Justice Act 1988 are incompatible with the presumption of innocence. Following the April...
Civil Actions Against the Police
Court of Appeal Quashes Extended Sentence and Finding of Dangerousness In an appeal against sentence, the Court of Appeal on 10th December 2015 quashed...
GCN's Mark George QC acted for Assad Hussain, one of 9 defendants which was heard at the Old Bailey in London (Jan to May 2013).
Appeal against IPP sentence for manslaughter - substituted with hospital order with restrictions under s. 37 and s. 44 Mental Health Act 1983
Injunction obtained by the Council under section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972 with the purpose of restraining begging in Leeds City Centre discharged....
North East Property Buyers - the appeal of Rosemary Scott, the remaining test case appellant from the decision of the Court of Appeal in Cook-v-Mortgage...
Eviction of a family of travellers from an unauthorised encampment in Bristol and a challenge to the suitability of ‘bricks and mortar’ interim accommodation....
Rutherford is the case of a severely disabled child. The room in his house needed for an overnight carer is treated as a spare room by the Housing Benefit...
Gudanaviciene (exceptional funding) - Court of Appeal substantially upholds earlier decision
Indeterminate Sentence Prisoners (ISPs) Article 5 challenge.
Immigration, Asylum & Nationality
Lead appeals concerning the correct approach to be taken to cases where the Home Secretary certifies a claim as being clearly unfounded.
Court of Appeal to consider whether judge’s reliance on the “very narrow” adult dependent relative rule was unlawful, and whether the judge acted unfairly...
First reported case of a successful substantive claim for judicial review against a decision of the Upper Tribunal and also deals with issues of procedural...
Sir Stephen Silber, sitting as a Judge of the High Court, has yesterday (16th December 2015) granted permission in a judicial review claim challenging...
The Upper Tribunal considered the stateless provisions under part 14 of the immigration rules for the first time and found the SSHD had both erred in law...
Inquests & Public Inquiries
Representing 22 families in the Hillsborough Inquests.
Public inquiry into the self-inflicted death of Bernard "Sonny" Lodge who died on 28 February at HMP Manchester in 1998.
Leading case on application of Article 2 to inquest proceedings and the ambit of neglect verdicts.
Respiratory disease case brought against contractor companies to British Coal (and the statutory successor to British Coal). The claim was brought 6 years...
The Court of Appeal has rejected the proposition that in cases of exposure to asbestos fibres resulting in mesothelioma, a specific measurement of the...
Procedural fairness requirements in the category A review context and, specifically, when an oral hearing should be granted for such a review. On appeal...
Prisoners succeed in oral hearings challenges in the Supreme Court.
High Court has quashed a Parole Board decision and ordered a new hearing, in light of concerns that the Parole Board relied, or may have relied, on unproven...
Admin Court quashed the conviction of the Claimant for failing to provide a sufficient urine sample for a mandatory drug test.
Public Law (Judicial Review)
3-Judge Upper Tribunal panel allows Tax Credit appeals test case.
Successful challenge to the Independent Monitor’s decision that information contained within an enhanced criminal records certificate was relevant and...
Whether an applicant can rely on the DWP website when seeking to backdate a claim for benefit.
A recent decision of the Administrative Appeals Chamber of the Upper Tribunal (30.1.15) now means that the Workers Registration Scheme will have to be...
A Council has settled a judicial review claim which had argued it's housing allocations scheme was discriminatory against Gypsies and Travellers, in particular...