The Government’s appeal against the Divisional Court’s Article 50 ruling commences today.

The Government’s appeal against the Divisional Court’s Article 50 ruling commences today. In an unprecedented case all 11 Justices of the Supreme Court are to hear the appeal. What does it mean though if the Government’s appeal succeeds? In a sense, unless there is some significant, but completely unforeseen, political development between now and next […]

BHATIA BEST LTD FILE WRITTEN CASE TO OPPOSE GOVERNMENT’S APPEAL TO THE SUPREME COURT

The government has appealed the decision of the High Court, handed down on 3.11.16, which upheld the Claimant’s position that Article 50 could not be triggered without first seeking parliamentary approval. Bhatia Best Ltd acted in the proceedings in the High Court on behalf of a group of claimants (‘AB Parties’) who defeated the Government. […]

Liz Truss urged to ‘get a grip’ over inmates kept in jail beyond their sentence

Justice Secretary Liz Truss must “get a grip” on the backlog of inmates being held beyond their sentence, the chief inspector of prisons has said. Peter Clarke said it was “completely unjust” that offenders serving Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) terms were “languishing in jail”. He warned that IPP sentences, abolished in 2012, were having […]

Rape law review after footballer Ched Evans’s trial

The law protecting alleged rape victims from disclosing details of their sex lives will be reviewed in the wake of Wales footballer Ched Evans’s case. The Chesterfield striker, 27, was cleared of rape at retrial last month. Accusers do not normally have to disclose sexual history details to defence barristers, but the Court of Appeal […]

RSPCA should be stripped of prosecution powers, say MPs

The RSPCA should be stripped of its powers to routinely prosecute animal welfare cases, according to MPs. The Commons environment committee said there was a “conflict of interest” between the charity’s power to prosecute and its role in investigating cases, campaigning and fundraising. But the RSPCA defended its work and said the move was not […]

BHATIA BEST TO APPEAR IN BREXIT CASE TO BE HEARD IN THE SUPREME COURT

The government has appealed the decision of the High Court  which rule that Article 50 could not be triggered without first seeking parliamentary approval. We acted in the proceedings in the High Court on behalf of a group of claimants who defeated the Government. We will renew the arguments before the Supreme Court, with barristers […]

Councils risk ‘legal action over care cuts’

Council cuts to care in England are so severe there is a real risk families may take legal action, experts say. In a joint plea to ministers, the Nuffield Trust, King’s Fund and Health Foundation said the sector was facing a major funding shortage. The think tanks said cuts were so deep, councils may no […]

Brexit: High Court hearing challenge to Article 50 strategy

The need for Parliament to give its approval before the Brexit process starts is of huge “constitutional importance”, the High Court has heard. QC Lord Pannick said the case “raises an issue… concerning the limits of the power of the Executive”. The High Court is considering whether ministers can invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon […]

Legal Aid Cuts Hurt Disadvantaged And Marginalised People, Amnesty Report Warns

Vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged people are having their human rights compromised as a result of cuts to legal aid, a charity has warned. In a report released Tuesday, Amnesty International says that it has become substantially more difficult for children and young people, migrants and refugees to receive free legal representation since a major change […]

Tougher penalties proposed for carrying a knife

People caught carrying knives in the street will be jailed for longer under new proposals. Carrying a knife while in a group or gang, or filming attacks for social media could also spell more jail time. The Sentencing Council for England and Wales says it wants sentences to better recognise public concern amid a rise […]

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