Court finds unlawfulness in relation to Government’s Net Zero Strategy

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog. In R (Friends of the Earth Ltd and ors) v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy [2022] EWHC 1841 (Admin), the High Court partially upheld a challenge to the Government’s Net Zero Strategy (the “NZS“) under the Climate Change Act 2008 … Read more

Public Law Podcast: The Bill of Rights Bill

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog. In the latest episode of our Public Law Podcast series, Andrew Lidbetter, Nusrat Zar, and Jasveer Randhawa discuss the Bill of Rights Bill, which was laid before Parliament on 22 June 2022. In some respects the Bill keeps closely to the proposals laid out in the … Read more

Government formally establishes COVID-19 inquiry

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog. The UK Government has published the final terms of reference (“ToR“) for the COVID-19 inquiry (the “Inquiry“), which has now begun work. Unprecedented in its size and significance, the Inquiry will consider over a two-year period the impact of the pandemic on the UK, … Read more

Government presses ahead with new Bill of Rights

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog. On 22 June, the Government laid its new Bill of Rights Bill before Parliament. The Bill has been anticipated since the Government invited responses to a consultation on the replacement of the Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA“) earlier this year. A summary of the … Read more

The long-awaited Procurement Bill goes before Parliament: 10 key features

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog The much-anticipated Procurement Bill was laid before the UK Parliament on 11 May and has already received its first reading in the House of Lords.   Once enacted, the Bill will overhaul the existing regulations governing the award of public and utility contracts in the … Read more

HSF responds to the Government’s consultation on human rights reform

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog The main window for response to the Government’s consultation paper on the reform of the Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA“) has now closed. The consultation paper proposed an overhaul of the existing human rights regime in the UK by replacing the HRA with a … Read more

COURTS CONSIDER LEGALITY OF PROCUREMENT DECISIONS TAKEN DURING THE PANDEMIC

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog. Two recent judgments have been handed down, relating to allegations of breach of procurement rules by campaign organisation The Good Law Project against the Government. Both judgments related to procurement decisions made during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic: The High Court held that the … Read more

Government releases consultation paper on the replacement of the Human Rights Act

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog The Ministry of Justice has today released a consultation paper outlining proposals for reform of the Human Rights Act 1998. Reform has been anticipated for many years, having been brought to the forefront of public attention upon the release of the Government’s 2019 manifesto. … Read more