Court of Appeal and High Court consider property rights under the Human Rights Act

Two recent judgments have demonstrated the utility of the right to property under Article 1 of the First Protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights (“A1P1”) for companies and the scope for challenges where public decisions have interfered with private contracts. A1P1 is incorporated into English law by way of the Human Rights Act … Read more

Independent Human Rights Act Review launches a public call for evidence

On 13 January 2021, the Independent Human Rights Act Review (the “IHRAR“) published a call for evidence. The IHRAR is a panel of experts appointed by the Government to consider whether there is a need to reform the Human Rights Act (“HRA“) “to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the society it serves”. … Read more

Court of Appeal considers duty of consultation on public bodies

In R. (on the application of MP) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care [2020] EWCA Civ 1634, the Court of Appeal clarified the common law duty of consultation upon public bodies based on fairness, and the test for when a legitimate expectation will be established. Key points The common law duty of … Read more

UK Government publishes long-awaited Green Paper on transforming public procurement

The UK Government has published a Green Paper proposing fundamental reforms of the public procurement rules governing the purchase of goods, works and services by the public sector and certain utilities. Those rules are currently set out in a series of UK regulations that are based very closely on EU directives. Following Brexit, the Government wishes … Read more

Government launches independent review of the Human Rights Act 1998

The Government has announced that a panel of experts led by former Court of Appeal Judge, Sir Peter Gross, will conduct an Independent Human Rights Act Review (the “IHRAR”). The Human Rights Act 1998 (the “HRA”) incorporates the fundamental rights and freedoms set out in the European Convention on Human Rights (the “Convention”) into domestic … Read more

Tribunal holds that regulator must take proactive steps to investigate impact of COVID-19

In JD Sports Fashion plc v Competition and Markets Authority [2020] CAT 24, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) quashed the Competition and Markets Authority’s (“CMA”) final report on the Phase 2 investigation into the completed acquisition by JD Sports Fashion plc (“JD Sports”) of Footasylum plc (“Footasylum”) on the basis that the CMA had not sought … Read more

Challenge to lockdown regulations heard by the Court of Appeal – Judgment

The Court of Appeal today handed down its judgment in respect of the proceedings brought by Simon Dolan and others (“the Appellants”) seeking to challenge the lockdown measures introduced in England in March 2020 via the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/350) following the outbreak of COVID-19 (see our earlier post regarding … Read more

The UK gears up for public procurement outside the EU

The Government continues to prepare the ground for the regulation of public procurement after the Brexit transition period expires on 31 December 2020. On 19 November it enacted the Public Procurement (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, which amend the existing UK procurement regulations in order to reflect the fact that the UK will no … Read more