Covid-19 Pressure Points: Coronavirus Act formally on the statute books

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog. Following our briefing paper of Monday 23 March 2020 (see here), the Coronavirus Bill has now passed through all stages in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and is now on the statute books as the “Coronavirus Act 2020” after … Read more

Covid-19 Pressure Points: UK Coronavirus Bill

The Covid-19 outbreak is causing substantial disruption to the daily lives of people around the world, and is putting considerable strain on the UK’s healthcare infrastructure. It also has the potential to be a shock to the UK’s economic system, and will impact business of all sizes and across sectors. This is a fast-moving crisis, … Read more

Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector – a new regulatory field?

This post was first published on our Public Law Notes blog. The Committee on Standards in Public Life (the “Committee”) has published a report on artificial intelligence (“AI”) and its impact on public standards following the Committee’s review into this fast-developing field (the “Report”).  The Report sets out the Committee’s recommendations for the governance and regulation of … Read more

High Court gives guidance on conduct of non-statutory inquiries

This post was first published on our Public Law Notes blog. In R (on the application of Clarke and Others) v Holliday [2019] EWHC 3596 (Admin), the High Court dismissed an application for permission to apply for judicial review of decisions taken by the Chairman of an independent, non-statutory inquiry (the “Inquiry”). In doing so the court … Read more

Broad public consultations not always sufficient to meet the requirements of fairness

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog In R (on the application of British Blind & Shutter Association) v Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government [2019] EWHC 3162 (Admin) the High Court quashed a regulation inserted into the Building Regulations 2010 by the Building (Amendment Regulations) 2018 (“the 2018 Regulations”). The … Read more

Energy price cap to be recalculated following flawed consultation

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog In R (on the application of British Gas Trading Ltd) v Gas & Electricity Markets Authority and others [2019] EWHC 3048 (Admin), British Gas (the “Claimant“) successfully challenged the level of the price cap set by Ofgem (the “Defendant“) on certain tariffs for the retail supply of … Read more