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Public Law updates for the New Academic Year

I have been working, with my co-author Robert Thomas, on some updates to accompany our Public Law textbook. Our focus in the updates is on six key areas in which the constitution is undergoing, or is likely to undergo, change. We have taken as our reference point the outcome of the 2015 general election, and its likely implications for the future of the […]

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Book chapter: The principle of parliamentary sovereignty in legal, constitutional and political perspective

I have just finished work on a book chapter entitled “The Principle of Parliamentary Sovereignty in Legal, Constitutional and Political Perspective”, the abstract for which is as follows: Parliamentary sovereignty has long been regarded — by most, at least — as an axiomatic feature of the United Kingdom’s constitutional arrangements. The orthodox view holds that the UK Parliament has authority that […]

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The Lord Chief Justice on judicial independence and the rule of law

Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice, spoke about judicial independence in his Mansion House speech this week. (The full text of the speech is available here on the CrimeLine Blog, and there is a report on the Telegraph website.) Lord Judge warned that we must remain vigilant against the slightest encroachment on judicial independence, not because judicial independence represents some traditional flummery, some bauble, […]

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Legal aid, judicial review permission applications, and the Daily Mail: setting the record straight

According to an article published on the Daily Mail website today: Legally-aided lawyers are pocketing millions by flooding the courts with “meritless” immigration and asylum appeals. The number of review applications has soared to nearly 10,000 a year but nearly nine in ten are thrown out at the first stage. This statement (which refers to judicial review, not appeal, in […]

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Legal aid proposals – a few recent developments

The (surprisingly short) window of opportunity to submit responses to the Government’s legal aid proposals closed earlier in the month. But (unsurprisingly) discussion – and criticism – of them shows little sign of abating. Three recent developments have caught my eye. First, the Backbench Business Committee of the House of Commons has announced that a debate on the legal aid […]

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Legal aid, judicial review and the rule of law

The government’s proposals to make radical changes to the criminal legal aid system have received widespread attention. In particular, the proposal to introduce a system of tendering that would remove client choice has been strongly criticized as striking at the heart of the lawyer-client relationship. It has also been argued that it may amount to a breach of the right […]