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R (Hemmati & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] UKSC 56 – potentially thousands unlawfully detained

Saoirse Kerrigan

Posted by Saoirse Kerrigan | Solicitor
On 9th January 2020

In a damning indictment of the UK’s immigration detention policy, the Supreme Court has confirmed that the detention of asylum seekers pending transfer to other EU states under the “Dublin Regulation” was unlawful between 1 January 2014 and 15 March 2017, when new regulations were belatedly adopted. This could result in thousands of false imprisonment claims by those detained during this period.

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Court grants permission for a legal challenge to coroner’s refusal to hold a full inquest into murdered woman failed by Sussex Police

Fiona Bowen

Posted by Fiona Bowen | Solicitor
On 6th January 2020

Susan Nicholson was murdered in 2011 by her partner Robert Trigg. Her family believe Sussex Police should have realised Susan’s life was in danger because of Trigg’s increasing violence towards Susan, coupled with his history of domestic violence towards other women and the fact that another partner, Caroline Devlin, had died in bed with him in 2006. Susan’s family believe that the police should have taken steps to protect her in light of this knowledge. They have launched a legal challenge for a full ‘Article 2’ inquest into her death which would investigate police failings.

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First fine under GDPR for data breach in the UK

Chun Wong

Posted by Chun Wong | Partner
On 3rd January 2020

210 days after the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) in May 2018 (by the Data Protection Act 2018 (“DPA 2018”)) in the UK, the ICO issued its first fine on 20 December 2019 to Doorstep Dispensaree Limited for a sum of £275,000.
What is the GDPR…

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My engagement has broken down… Who gets to keep the ring?

Annie Boxer

Posted by Annie Boxer | Paralegal
On 19th December 2019

As Christmas approaches, many people may be getting ready to propose to their loved one and start the planning of their nuptials ready for the New Year. But sometimes an engagement does not always work out, which poses the question – who gets to keep the engagement ring?

Section 3(2) of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1970 sets out the law on this matter and it is quite straightforward – an engagement ring is presumed to be an absolute gift, and therefore, belongs to the person who receives it. However, this presumption can be rebutted by evidence showing that the ring was given on the condition (either express or implied) that it should be returned if the marriage does not take place. In this case, the recipient would be under no obligation to return the engagement ring.

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