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Joanna Bell: The Supreme Court’s Approach to the Finality Clause in Lee v Ashers: A Response to Anurag Deb & Conor McCormick & Looking Forward to Privacy International

Lee v Ashers Baking Company Ltd [2018] UKSC 49 (‘gay cake’ case) has probably not escaped the attention of any public lawyer. As Anurag Deb & Conor McCormick have usefully … Continue reading

October 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Richard Danbury: Cliff Richard and Private Investigations

There is an old joke, in which a man is driving through the countryside, lost. He stops his car in a small village to ask a local for directions. The … Continue reading

July 25, 2018 · 4 Comments

Alex Latham and Paul F Scott: Debating Lord Reid’s Legacy: The Quartet at 50

Fifty years ago, in 1968, the House of Lords handed down judgments in three key public law cases – Anisminic v Foreign Compensation Commission, Conway v Rimmer and Padfield v … Continue reading

May 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

Jacob Eisler: Robinson v. Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, 2018 UKSC 4

When, in the performance of their roles, do public authorities owe a private law duty of care to those harmed by their actions, and thus face common law tort liability … Continue reading

May 14, 2018 · 1 Comment

Joe Tomlinson: Public Law in Pieces: A Reply to Professor Sossin and Some Suggestions for HMCTS

In a previous post on this blog, I introduced the growing influence of “design thinking” in the administrative justice system (the post is available here). In that post, I made … Continue reading

April 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Robert Greally and Mark Bennett: A Report on the Inaugural Northern Public Law Forum (2018)

The Northern Public Law Forum is an annual seminar series that will rotate around law schools in the north of England. The inaugural seminar was recently held at the University … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Hayley J. Hooper: Balancing Access to Justice and the Public Interest: Privacy International and Ouster Clauses in the Broader Constitutional Context

In November 2017, the Court of Appeal in R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal unanimously held that a so-called “ouster clause” in respect of the of the Investigatory Powers … Continue reading

February 12, 2018 · 1 Comment