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Monkey ‘selfie’ row

20 August 2014By Katie Edwards

How would a UK court respond to a dispute between a photographer and Wikipedia over who owns copyright to an image of a monkey?

Max Hastings

Remove juries from fraud trials? Bad idea

5 August 2014By Jonathan Grimes

letProposals to hold all complex trials before specialist judges miss the point.

Library books

Consulting on library cuts

4 August 2014By Dr Nicholas Dobson

Localism Act complicates service consultation.

Justice Moore-Bick

Dispute resolution: use of tiered clauses

28 July 2014By Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, Sherina Petit, Andrew Sheftel

A recent decision provides support for the validity of so-called escalation clauses.

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Boris Johnson

Judicial review

7 August 2014

The claimant sought judicial review of the decision by Transport for London not to allow the Christian organisation’s advertisement to appear on its buses, on the basis that the decision had been made for the improper purpose of advancing the second defendant mayor’s electoral campaign.



7 August 2014

The case returned to the employment tribunal (the tribunal) for a decision as to whether the selection by the employer solicitors’ firm of the compulsory age of 65 for retirement had been proportionate to achieve its aims of retention and workforce planning.

Chris Grayling

Residence test

31 July 2014

The claimant sought judicial review of the secretary of state’s proposal, by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 2014, to introduce a residence test for cases most in need of public funding.

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The Department for work and Pensions

Human rights

30 July 2014

The defendant secretary of state had policies concerning the holding of information of the claimant’s gender reassignment. The claimant issued judicial review proceedings, contending that the secretary of state’s policies were unlawful.

Supreme Court

Constitutional law

25 July 2014

A British national, was in prison in Bali, Indonesia, awaiting execution by firing squad, following her conviction for drug offences. The defendant secretary of state had provided substantial consular assistance, but he had declined to pay for legal help, relying on what was said to be a rigid policy. The appellant issued judicial review proceedings in England, challenging the validity of the secretary of state’s policy.

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Apple store

EU trademark

24 July 2014

A request had been made in proceedings between Apple and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office, concerning the latter’s rejection of an application by Apple for registration of a trademark.

Mental health

17 July 2014

There was an application before the court in respect of DD, a 36-year-old woman with learning difficulties, who was pregnant with her sixth child. The applicants sought for declarations and orders in relation to the care and health of DD during the final stage of her current pregnancy, and in the safe delivery of the unborn baby. The applicants applied for a further order authorising the conduct of an assessment of DD’s capacity to make decisions about contraception, following the imminent ...

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Jonathan Goldsmith

Breach of privilege

24 July 2014Updated: 24 July 2014By

The Sarkozy case raises important questions about the issue of technology and lawyer-client confidentiality.

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