Supreme Court rules Legal Aid residence test unlawful

15 Jul 2016 | by Claire Alderman

R (Public Law Project) v Lord Chancellor [2016] UKSC 39 This week the Supreme Court handed down judgment in R (Public Law Project) v Lord Chancellor, in which it unanimously concluded that the proposed restriction of legal aid on grounds of residence under the draft Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Amendment […]

Commission accepts commitments regarding container freight announcements – Woodpulp revisited?

08 Jul 2016 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

The Commission has issued an Article 9 commitment decision, terminating its Article 101 TFEU investigation into suspected price signalling by container liner shipping companies. The Commission opened antitrust proceedings in November 2013, claiming that the carriers’ practice of publishing their future freight increases (“GRIs”) on their websites and in the press increased transparency in the […]

Paul Harris QC instructed on Quinn Emanuel £19bn class action against MasterCard

07 Jul 2016 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

MasterCard is facing a multi-billion pound damages claim, that could reach £19 billion, for imposing illegal card charges that were ultimately borne by UK consumers. The claim, the biggest in UK legal history, will be one of the first to be filed under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which allows a collective damages claim to […]

High Court grants Campaign Against Arms Trade permission to judicially review licensing of arms exports to Saudi Arabia

01 Jul 2016 | by Claire Alderman

Conor McCarthy and David Gregory of Monckton Chambers, led by Martin Chamberlain QC and instructed by Leigh Day, are acting on behalf of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) in its challenge to the decision by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to continue to grant licences for the export of military equipment […]

Michael Bowsher QC acts for FP McCann in High Court ruling that £100 million Northern Irish construction contract was awarded in breach of public procurement regulations.

23 Jun 2016 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

High Court judge, Mr Justice Colton, has ruled that the Department for Regional Development in Northern Ireland breached public contract regulations in rejecting the tender submitted in 2009 as part of a joint venture between FP McCann Limited and Balfour Beatty (“BBMC”).  Recent government information shows that the cost of the project has now reached […]

Michael Armitage appears for successful Claimant in landmark High Court case on unlawful detention of children

20 Jun 2016 | by Claire Alderman

In a landmark judgment handed down today, the High Court has ruled that it is unlawful for the Secretary of State for the Home Department (“SSHD“) to detain children under her immigration powers for any longer than 24 hours, irrespective of whether the relevant immigration official has reasonable grounds for suspecting the prospective detainee to […]

High Court orders NHS England to fund narcolepsy drug

15 Jun 2016 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

Mr Justice Collins has handed down judgment in R (S) v NHS England, a claim in relation to the refusal by NHS England to fund the narcolepsy drug sodium oxybate (Xyrem) for a 17 year old girl. S was represented by Ian Wise QC and Stephen Broach, instructed by Hodge Jones and Allen. At the […]

Court of Appeal reinstates Samsung’s case on non-discrimination and FRAND

01 Jun 2016 | by Monckton Chambers

On Friday 27 May, the Court of Appeal handed down an important judgment on the interplay between competition law and the licensing of essential patents. This is part of a landmark patent infringement case where Unwired Planet, a “patent assertion entity” that has acquired from Ericsson certain “standard essential patents” (“SEPS”) used in smartphones and […]

Court of Justice confirms validity of the new Tobacco Products Directive and rejects challenges to e-cigarette provisions and menthol cigarettes ban

24 May 2016 | by Daiva Eitkeviciene

Case C-547/14 R (Philip Morris Ltd and others) v Secretary of State for Health Case C‑477/14 Pillbox 38 (UK) Ltd v Secretary of State for Health Case C‑358/14 Poland v Parliament and Council On 4 May 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered its judgments in three cases concerning the Tobacco Products […]