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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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The stain of the Imprisonment for Public Protection sentence

Aston Stockdale

Posted by Aston Luff | Solicitor
On 6th December 2019

The Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence has received considerable public attention since the tragic London Bridge attack on Friday. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has even raised concerns about why it was abolished in 2012. His concerns overlook the reality that the sentence was overwhelmingly condemned as ineffective, inefficient, unjust and inhumane. The real and continuing concern for our country should not be that IPPs were abolished, but that thousands are still locked up and suffering as a result of them.

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Extinction Rebellion and the Right to Protest – High Court rules S.14 unlawful

Peter Walker

Posted by Peter Walker | Trainee
On 28th November 2019

In the relatively brief time since it was established, Extinction Rebellion (‘XR’) has already had a significant impact, bringing the issue of the climate crisis to the forefront of public and political discourse. Utilising tactics of non-violent civil disobedience and direct action, their protests in the UK and elsewhere have caused mass disruption with the stated aim of compelling governments to urgently address the existential threat of climate change.

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Family launch CrowdJustice campaign to challenge decision not to hold ‘article 2’ inquest

Alice Hardy

Posted by Alice Hardy | Partner
On 18th July 2019

The family of Susan Nicholson have today launched a CrowdJustice campaign to raise funds to challenge the Coroners decision not to hold an Article 2 inquest into her death.

On 17 April 2011 Susan Nicholson was murdered. Her killer was not convicted until 5 July 2017. At the same trial, he was convicted of killing another woman in 2006 in similar circumstances.

Susan’s family say they want an inquest to look thoroughly at whether the police could have prevented Susan’s death, so that this does not happen to other families.

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