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Francesca O’Neill successfully obtains Extended Civil Restraint Order in the High Court following strike out

Francesca O’Neill successfully obtained an Extended Civil Restraint Order against a Mr AKM Soeb in respect of his serial litigation against the Home Office. Mr Soeb has brought three claims against the Secretary of State for the Home Department since 2019, alleging…

Lloyd v Google LLC [2021] UKSC 50 – a £3 billion saving for Google.

“… I conclude that section 13 of the DPA 1998 cannot reasonably be interpreted as conferring on a data subject a right to compensation for any (non-trivial) contravention by a data controller of any of the requirements of the Act without the…

‘Failure to Remove’ Claims in the High Court: the Appeals in HXA v Surrey County Council and YXA v Wolverhampton City Council

The trickle of court decisions seeking to apply the decision of the Supreme Court in N v Poole BC [2019] UKSC 25, [2020] AC 780 continues.  On November 8th 2021, Stacey J link] and YXA [link].  Together, the decisions of Lambert J…

A ding-dong over a ding-dong: the potential perils of home security

“Could EVERY doorbell camera owner face £100,000 fine after landmark ruling” thundered a headline from yesterday’s Daily Mail.  The short answer to the question is “No”, but the question was prompted by the judgment of HHJ Melissa Clarke in Fairhurst v Woodard.

Webinar Recording: Vicarious Liability – Hunting the Chimaera

In yesterday’s webinar, Edward Faulks QC spoke generally about vicarious liability and its history. Jack Harding and Susanna Bennett then considered:

The latest case law on the ’first limb’ of the test for vicarious liability (‘akin to employment’) including SKX v Manchester…

R (Morahan) v Assistant Coroner for West London

In June 2020, I gave one of 1 Chancery Lane’s webinars on Article 2 Inquests, and what to expect if you are involved with one (you can [2020] 3 WLR 1268, and I wrote an article about that decision [2012] 2 AC…

Failure to Remove Claims and Section 20 Accommodation: YXA v Wolverhampton City Council

Since the beginning of the year, three decisions have been handed down in favour of defendants in relation to how the decision in N v Poole BC [2019] UKSC 25, [2020] AC 780 affects claims in negligence against social services.  The decision…

Claims Against Social Services: DFX and Others v Coventry City Council

Today saw the handing down of the judgment by Lambert J in DFX v Coventry City Council. This is an important judgment regarding the liability of social services in respect of their functions and duties under the Children Act 1989. A second…

Webinar Recording: Damages Claims against the Home Office: the Implications of Hans Husson

The Court of Appeal case of R (Hans Husson) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] EWCA Civ 329 earlier this year highlighted the possibility of bringing claims in damages against the Home Office for delay in making immigration decisions, both under…

Judgment in Bridges – a narrow victory for the Claimant

On 11th August, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in the case of R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police [2020] EWCA Civ 1058, concerning police use of automated facial recognition (AFR) technology. At the end of June,…

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